Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong

00:00 - 27 November, 2013
Bing Thom Architects to Design University of Chicago Center in Hong Kong , Mount Davis, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia
Mount Davis, Hong Kong. Image via Wikipedia

The University of Chicago has chosen Bing Thom Architects to design a new home for the Chicago Booth Asia Executive MBA Program in Hong Kong. The center will begin construction in October 2014 on Mount Davis, a heritage site that was originally used as a military encampment for the British Army in the 1940s and then a detention center.  

Xiqu Center Winning Design / Bing Thom Architects + Ronald Lu & Partners

00:00 - 10 December, 2012
Street level view of the Xiqu Center, by Bing Thom Architects and Robert Lu & Partners. Photo © West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.
Street level view of the Xiqu Center, by Bing Thom Architects and Robert Lu & Partners. Photo © West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

As we reported earlier todayBing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners are the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened at the West Kowloon Cultural District. 

The Hong-Kong born pair, who have significant experience designing Chinese cultural centers, won out the Master-planners of the District themselves, Foster +  Partners, with a design that embraces traditional Chinese motifs. As the District's first landmark building, the Xiqu Center, scheduled for commissioning in 2016, will also be the “gateway of access” to the district.

Mrs Carrie Lam, Chairman of the  (WKCDA) Board, noted that the Center's unique positioning ("Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square metres at the eastern edge of the District on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West") "will enable multi-disciplinary dialogue and interaction between Xiqu and other performing arts. By building this cultural hub, we are investing both in our future and our heritage, to celebrate Hong Kong's unique cultural identity."

Check out more info and images of the winning Xiqu Center design, after the break...

Bing Thom and the Surrey City Centre Library: How architects are using Facebook and Twitter for public design

15:00 - 29 August, 2011
Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects
Courtesy of Bing Thom Architects

Facing an abbreviated schedule for the information-gathering phase of the Surrey City Centre LibaryBing Thom Architects (BTA) turned to social media for real-time public input. The result was spectacular!