UNStudio and AD+RG joint venture selected to design Lyric Theatre in Hong Kong

14 May 2014 (Last Updated May 14th, 2014 18:30)

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has selected Netherlands-based UNStudio and Hong Kong-based AD+RG to design and construct the Lyric Theatre in the cultural district of Hong Kong.

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has selected Netherlands-based UNStudio and Hong Kong-based AD+RG to design and construct the Lyric Theatre in the cultural district of Hong Kong.

The schematic design for the new facility is expected to be revealed this autumn, with construction expected to be completed by 2019.

The theatre will be in the proximity of M+ at the western end of the WKCD and easily accessible through Artist Square and the waterfront promenade.

With a 1,200-seat capacity, the Lyric Theatre will be used for dance performances, including ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance forms.

"The Lyric Theatre will dramatically change the local performing arts scene."

It will also be used for a wide range of performing arts events, such as drama, opera and musical performances, creating space for rehearsals and training in Hong Kong.

WKCDA CEO Michael Lynch said the design team for the Lyric Theatre is an excellent example of marrying global vision with local expertise.

"With this, our fifth venue unveiled in the past years, progress in the performing arts side of the WKCD jumps forward. I am certain that they will create for us a world-class venue for the Hong Kong people and visitors from abroad," Lynch said.

WKCDA performing arts executive director Louis Yu said the Lyric Theatre will dramatically change the local performing arts scene, and be one of the most exciting new venues for international programming in the city.

The Lyric Theatre will join Freespace and Xiqu Centre, which were recently opened as dedicated venues for performing arts.