RO-RO

RO-RO is a modular furniture designed with Rolling Books – a social enterprise that promote reading experience and advocates social issues including poverty alleviation of minority groups. Rolling out of second- handed books and story-telling activities to reach children and ethnic minority families in Hong Kong. Originated from the idea of “rolling out”, RO-RO is a furniture + play system designed to be stackable and expandable.

RO-RO is a modular furniture designed with Rolling Books – a social enterprise that promote reading experience and advocates social issues including poverty alleviation of minority groups. Rolling out of second- handed books and story-telling activities to reach children and ethnic minority families in Hong Kong. Originated from the idea of “rolling out”, RO-RO is a furniture + play system designed to be stackable and expandable.

The idea is to create a book container that fit into a retired wheel-chair access taxi that tours around the city and transform as a pop-up library for children’s participation upon destination. RO-RO is a combination of recycled & new materials, by easy interlocking of wood panels, they can transform into chairs, tables, bookshelf, shelter……a colorful reading club can be created instantly. RO-RO brings fun, meaningful & free reading experience to children and at the same time, delivering an important message on upcycling materials.

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2021
Grantee: Natalie Yan Tsui Yu

Yu Yan Tsui, Natalie is the co-founder of Hong Kong based architectural studio – ROOM 23. She is a registered architect with over 10 years of experience and currently part-time lecturing at the Hong Kong Design Institute. After her graduation from the Bartlett School of Architecture and the University of Hong Kong, she practised in different architectural & design firms in London and Hong Kong. Natalie established ROOM 23 in 2018 and her studio aims to connect people to architecture and to create human-based spatial designs that bring out the extraordinary in the ordinary.

Organisation: Room 23 Ltd

RO-RO project team comprised of architectural practice Room 23 and social enterprise Rolling Books. Together they join forces to create playful & accessible outdoor reading experience to children.

Room 23 is an architectural practice based in Hong Kong. Founded in 2018 by Sandy Ng and Natalie Tsui, they focus on human-centred, quality and sustainable designs that harmonise the indoors with the natural landscape, with an aim to reinvent spaces to engage people from all walks of life and to bring a positive impact to the community and the environment.

Rolling Books is a social enterprise to promote reading experience. With the concept of mobile pop- up libraries and events, they bring interactive and engaging reading activities to schools and caring communities, promoting reading accessibility and sustainable knowledge, aiming to inspire children to seek their lifelong companionship with books.