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

West Kowloon Cultural District site © by Methanoia

The (WKCDA) has announced five design teams invited to submit proposals for the Xiqu Center, which will be the first landmark building within Hong Kong’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:

Church of Seed / O Studio Architects

© Iwan Baan

Architects: O Studio Architects
Location: Huizhou, Guangdong,
Project Year: 2011
Photographs: Fai Au, Iwan Baan