The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong has shortlisted seven design teams to design a new art-themed park in which a 60,000m² museum building will be constructed.
The shortlisted teams include Cook Robotham Architectural Bureau and VOGT Landscape, Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man with Grimshaw, West 8 and ACLA, Diller Scofidio + Renfro, with Olin and Urbanus, Grant Associates / Wilkinson Eyre / WSP, Gustafson Porter / Michel Desvigne Paysagiste / Foster + Partners, Hargreaves Associates with Ennead Architects, and James Corner Field Operations.
The 14ha of landscaped public space for arts and culture will be built along the waterfront in Kowloon at the £1.7bn West Kowloon Cultural District designed by Foster + Partners.
WKCDA said that the park, expected to open in phases from 2014/2015, will be the first to be conceived as a cultural destination.
The park’s sculpted terrain with planting will provide a new green open space and a venue for music, dance, theatre, art exhibitions, as well as other outdoor cultural programmes.
Arts and culture elements of the park will include Freespace, a 7,000m² area featuring The Freespace Theatre, The Music Box, The Outdoor Stage, The Lawn, and Arts Pavilions.
The Freespace Theatre will have a seating capacity for 450 to 900 people to host music, interdisciplinary performances and multimedia presentations.
The 150-300 seat Music Box will feature a bar and a cafe and will host local live music.
With a seating capacity for 200 people, the Outdoor Stage is designed to host daily and free music events and the seating will be integrated into landscaped slopes of the park.
The Lawn is a leisure grass-covered area capable of accommodating 6,000 to 10,000 people during events.
Arts Pavilions will function as small scale exhibition and event spaces for the visual arts with a combined area of 100m².
WKCDA chief executive officer Michael Lynch said, "The park in the West Kowloon Cultural District will be an arts destination in its own right, providing a vital flexible open space for the visual and performing arts."
The seven shortlisted design teams will be required to submit a detailed technical proposal to WKCDA at the end of 2012 and a winning design team is expected to be appointed by early 2013.
Image: The art-themed park is anticipated to open in phases from 2014/2015. Photo: WestKowloon Cultural District Authority.