The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong has shortlisted five teams to submit design proposals for the Xiqu Centre in a £1.7bn cultural district development.
The five shortlisted teams, chosen from over 50 architectural teams, are BTA & RLP Company, Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects, Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange, Safdie Architects, and Wong & Ouyang (HK) in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt.
The winning team will be responsible for designing a 1,100-seat theatre, a 400-seat small theatre and a 280-seat tea house, along with training and education facilities.
The Xiqu Centre will be the first of the 17 core arts and cultural buildings planned to be built in the West Kowloon Cultural District, with scheduled completion by 2015.
The centre will be located at the eastern edge of the district on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West and provide a gateway of access to the district.
WKCDA Performing Arts executive director Louis Yu said, "The shortlisted teams will meet with representatives of the Chinese opera artform, engaging with stakeholders so we can conceive together a world-class building for Hong Kong and for the development and promotion of this important form of Chinese cultural heritage."
The design teams will submit the schematic designs of their concepts before 5 October 2012, which will then be assessed by a jury to decide the winner.
The design schemes will be assessed on their architectural design aspects, technical design aspects, sustainable design aspects and their ability to work together with the client team, consultants and stakeholders.
The cultural district is being developed in a 40ha area site based on a master plan designed by by Foster + Partners in March 2011.
Image: Xiqu Centre will be the first of the 17 core arts and cultural buildings in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Photo: West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.