The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has selected Bing Thom Architects together with Ronald Lu & Partners to design the $350m Xiqu Centre in Hong Kong’s £1.7bn cultural district.
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 2016.
The centre will be located on a 13,800m² site at the eastern edge of the cultural district on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West and will provide a gateway of access to the district.
The centre will feature public leisure space, 2,000m² of training and education facilities and a traditional tea house for performances with seating capacity up to 280.
Xiqu Centre will also feature two auditoria with seating capacity for 1,100 and 400 people, which will be developed in phase two.
WKCDA has also shortlisted six teams to design M+ museum in Hong Kong within the cultural district designed by Foster + Partners.
The six shortlisted teams are Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells, Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Shigeru Ban Architects and Thomas Chow Architects, SNOHETTA, and Toyo Ito & Associates with Architects and Benoy.
To be built in the proposed 14ha park, the 60,000m² museum building is comparable to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, US, and is the first phase of the proposed West Kowloon Cultural District project in Hong Kong.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the museum will feature 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.
The Xiqu Centre and M+ museum form part of the first phase of the development.
Phase one will also feature a ‘freespace’ with an outdoor stage, a lyric theatre, a centre for contemporary performance, Medium Theatre I, a music centre with a concert and recital hall, a musical theatre, a performance venue and an exhibition centre.
The second phase of the project will involve the commissioning of the Great Theatre, a small theatre as part of the Xiqu Centre and the Medium Theatre II.
Image: The Xiqu Centre will feature 2,000m² of training and education facilities as well as two auditoria. Photo: courtesy of Bing Thom Architects.