Hong Kong Polytechnic University Community College / Wang Weijen Architecture

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Architects: Wang Weijen Architecture, Architecture Design and Research Group, AGC Design
Location: Hung Hom, Hong Kong
Area: 26000.0 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Wang Weijen Architecture

Hong Kong Institute of Design / CAAU

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Architects: CAAU
Location: 3 King Ling Road, Tseung Kwan O,
Project Leaders: Thomas Coldefy, Isabel van Haute
Associate Architects: P & T Group Hong-Kong
Area: 42000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Sergio Pirrone

Architects Selected/Shortlisted for West Kowloon Cultural District

’ Masterplan for the West Kowloon Cultural District, entitled City Park. © , by Methanoia

The WKCDA (West Kowloon Cultural District Authority) has made two big announcements today: (1) the winners of the competition to design the Xiqu Center, what will be the District’s first landmark building; and (2) the shortlist of six architects who will compete to design the M+ Museum for Visual Culture. The Museum and Center are part of a Masterplan, designed by Foster + Partners, to transform ’s West Kowloon Cultural District into a world-class destination for arts and culture.

Hong-Kong born architects Bing Thom and Ronald Lu (of Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners) beat out the Master-planners themselves, Foster +  Partners, to design the Xiqu Center, the “gateway of access” to the district, scheduled for commissioning in 2016.

The designer for the M+ Museum has yet to be determined, however, and, judging by the 6 world-famous architectural firms shortlisted, the competition is sure to be fierce.

Find out the complete list of architects, including Herzog & de Meuron and SNOHETTA, who will compete to design the M+ Museum, after the break…

North Point Harbour Urban Planning Concept Winning Proposal / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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This design for the North Point waterfront redevelopment, which won the first prize in the competition, proposes an “organic network” of forms for the site. Designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, the project approach is based on the study of the adjacent “community street” – Chun Yeung St., which should have human life and the life of dwellers establishing the community. In this project, they aim to transform the Chun Yeung St’s urban model as part of an organic ecology. This model could affect the North Point district to become a more sustainable urban model. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Seven teams shortlisted to design Future Art-Themed Park in Hong Kong

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The West Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced seven international teams competing to design a 14 hectare, landscaped public space for arts and culture on a waterfront property in . After the project breaks ground in 2014, the phased development is expected to only take a year. It will feature a lush, sculpted terrain that will provide a new green open space in the heart of the city and a vibrant venue for music, dance, theatre, art exhibitions and other free outdoor cultural programs.

The seven shortlisted design teams are:

Innovation Tower, Hong Kong Polytechnic University / Zaha Hadid Architects

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The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) chose world-renowned architect, Zaha Hadid, as Chief Architect of its new “Innovation Tower”. The project, located at the northeast side of the university campus, will serve as a driving force in the development of as a design hub in Asia. The tower will also provide additional space to facilitate inter-disciplinary research and education in the field of design. The topping-out ceremony was held on September 24. On completion, it will be home to PolyU School of Design (SD) and the newly established Jockey Club Design Institute for Social Innovation. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Golden Moon / LEAD

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Architects: LEAD
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Architects: Kristof Crolla, Adam Fingrut
Year: 2012
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Forest Corridor – Highway Noise Barrier / BREAD Studio

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The ‘Forest Corridor’ proposal has won one of the 2nd prizes (Professional Category) in the Open International Competition for Noise Barrier/Enclosure organized by the Government. Designed by BREAD Studio, the project gives an alternative insight to the noise mitigation structure design in the dense urban environment of the city. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Siu Sai Wan Complex / Ronald Lu and Partners

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Architects: Ronald Lu and Partners
Location: , Hong Kong
Year: 2010
Area: 25,930 sqm
Site Area: 4,400 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ronald Lu and Partners

ZCB Zero Carbon Building / Ronald Lu and Partners

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Architects: Ronald Lu and Partners
Location: Bay,
Year: 2012
Area: 3,300 sqm
Photographs: Courtesy of Ronald Lu and Partners

Shortlist announced for West Kowloon Cultural District’s first Arts Venue

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced five design teams invited to submit proposals for the Xiqu Center, which will be the first landmark building within ’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Serving as the main theatre and Team House, the Xiqu Center will form the gateway into the £1.7bn, Foster-designed masterplan once it is complete towards the end of 2015.

Mr. Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts stated, “There has been a fantastic response to our plans for the Xiqu Centre from design teams from across the world. We are working hard to find the right team to work with to fulfill our ambitions. The shortlisted teams will meet with representatives of the Chinese opera artform, engaging with stakeholders so we can conceive together a world-class building for Hong Kong and for the development and promotion of this important form of Chinese cultural heritage.”

The five shortlisted teams are:

Express Rail Link West Kowloon Terminus / Andrew Bromberg

access to the station from the civic plaza

The high-speed rail terminus station will connect Hong Kong to various major cities in the Mainland with the largest rail network in our history. Located centrally in Hong Kong within the city’s urban realm and equipped with fifteen tracks, the facility will probably be the largest below ground terminus station in the world.

Designed by of Aedas, in collaboration with Aecom, the West Kowloon Terminus will function more like an international airport than a rail station; this means that the facility needs to have both custom and immigration controls for departing and arriving passengers.. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Kennedy Town Swimming Pool / TFP Farrells

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Architects: TFP Farrells
Location: Kennedy Town Praya, Sai Wan,
Photographs: , Marcel Lam

International Commerce Centre / KPF

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is often referred to as one of the densest cities in the world, lined with an impressive array of skyscrapers along its shores. The latest addition by architects KPF reaches an altitude of 484 meters above the Victoria Harbor in Kowloon. Located atop the new Kowloon Station, a transportation hub that feeds a network that ferries over 11 million passenger journeys per day, the International Commerce Centre is an integral part and centerpiece of the Union Square reclamation project.  Internal programming includes office space, 2 hotels, and an observation deck amongst other mixed-use functions. More details after the break.

Liantang/Heung Yuen Wai Boundary Control Point Passager / WAU Studio

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A complementary and mutual beneficial partnership, and will join the globalization as an integrated image and get benefit. With intimate collaboration, the proposal for the -Shenzhen boundary control point by WAU Design will serve as a symbol of close communication. The scheme concept comes from “link”: many single units can be twisted into a solid and integrated form. This scheme, a twisted link, indicates multi-level and deep cooperation between Hong Kong and Shenzhen on economic, cultural, and multi-faceted levels. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Hong Kong Alternative Car Park Tower / Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan

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The Alternative Car Park Tower, designed by Chris Y. H. Chan + Stephanie M. L. Tan, is an alternative building typology that could fit for a city with very limited land resources. At the same time, they are critiquing the current developments of most metropolitan cities: growing rapidly without vision and preparation for our human future. More images and architects’ description after the break.

Dragon Skin Pavilion / Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen & LEAD

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Architects: Emmi Keskisarja, Pekka Tynkkynen, Kristof Crolla (LEAD) and Sebastien Delagrange (LEAD)
Location: Park,
Collaborators: Gilles Retsin, EDGE Laboratory for Architectural and Urban Research, Tampere University of Technology, UPM Kymmene
Built Area: 16 sqm
Project Year: 2012
Photographs: Pekka Tynkkynen, Emmi Keskisarja

Jardines Lookout Flat / AFFECT-T

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Architects: AFFECT-T
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Photographer: Luke Hayes