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West Kowloon Cultural District of Hong Kong selects architects to design arts pavilion

23 Jan 2014 (Last Updated January 23rd, 2014 18:30)

A team of VPANG architects, JET Architecture and Lisa Cheung has been selected to design the arts pavilion in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

A team of VPANG architects, JET Architecture and Lisa Cheung has been selected to design the arts pavilion in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).

The winning team will work with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) to design and deliver an exhibition and event space for artists, designers and several organisations in the park at WKCD.

The park is planned to be built at the western end of the WKCD and will house the arts pavilion, the freespace, retail, dining and entertainment facilities, cycling tracks and bicycle rental point.

The park will also feature a waterfront promenade and walks, marine landing facilities and other recreational and leisure facilities.

The arts pavilion, which is anticipated to be completed in 2015, will also serve as M+ museum’s primary site for its exhibitions.

Architects from the winning design team said the arts pavilion is an opportunity for emerging talents and the public to participate and enjoy arts, architecture and culture.

"Foreseeing WKCD development is the cultural limelight to come, we as local architects are honoured and delighted to contribute our design effort to create a truly unique place for people of Hong Kong," the team said.

The 60,000m² M+ museum building will be built in the proposed 14ha park within the £1.7bn cultural district, designed by UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.

The completed museum will include more than 15,000m² of exhibition space, 14,000m² for conservation and storage, an education centre, an archive library and bookstore, theatres and screen facilities, artist-in-residence studios and outdoor green spaces.