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March 2, 2014

Design team selected for Park project in Hong Kong

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The Park Project

A design team lead by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers, with support from West 8 and ACLA, has been selected by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) to design and manage the development of the Park project in Hong Kong.

With the initial concept design anticipated to be rolled out in the autumn, Park will be opened in phases beginning from 2015.

Works will include supervising the construction project across the entire park site, designing a range of small-scale arts and cultural venues, including the Arts Pavilion, a M+ museum, and freespace venues.

The group will also collaborate with the design team for the M+ museum, including Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrels, who are developing the crossing area of the parkland that links to the M+ museum.

Freespace will feature an intimate black box theatre for standing and seated events like gigs, plays and dance performances, and an outdoor stage for major performances and festivals that can accommodate more than 10,000 standing visitors.

The design consultant said in a statement that Park is a unique opportunity to integrate art and culture into a much-needed new green space in the heart of the city, with a venue that will transform and unite the WKCD site.

"The intimate venues sited within the greenery also create an opportunity for innovative design and new venues for work, which push artistic boundaries with potential to present a level of arts programmes, which are not found in Hong Kong," the design consultant said.

The venue is will be a test-bed for live music, experimental theatre and dance, new media and cross-disciplinary performance and boost audience ahead of opening of the major performing arts venues.

Considered as a venue in its own right, Park will also house retail and dining stalls, in addition to the first automated bicycle rental system in Hong Kong.

Image: With the initial concept design anticipated to be rolled out during autumn, the park will be opened in phases beginning from 2015. Photo: courtesy of Home Affairs Bureau, the Government of Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.

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