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West Kowloon Cultural District Conceptual Plan

Future Projects - Masterplanning
Hong Kong
Rocco Design Architects Ltd, Hong Kong, Hong Kong
World Architecture Festival 2011 - Category Winner

Aerial View from the West 
Pak Chung 

The proposed Conceptual Plan for the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) aspires to evoke a social energy conducive to the spirit of exploration and discovery, hence the essence for long-term sustainable cultural development for Hong Kong. The programmatic disposition of the master plan is structured on a 3-layer organization:
1) The Green Terrain at the south is a continuous undulating green lawn by the waterfront filled with leisurely retail and diners;

2) The City Link at the north fuses with the existing neighbourhood and accommodates spaces for living, working and all the commercial activities;

3) The Cultural Core in the middle unifies all the visual and performing arts facilities to promote participation by the locals as well as the overseas.

This planning framework addresses the need for a cultural ecology to provide education, incubation, commercial supports and opportunities for production. The master plan concept focuses on promoting interactivities and synergies between different components of the new District. Overlaid onto the 3-layer framework is an urban street-grid extended from the adjacent neighbourhoods to confer a social and historic tie with the surrounding old neighbourhoods. A series of 3 dimensional public spaces each being strategically paired with a cultural venue evolve into a social network of diversity, inclusivity and interactivities to celebrate people’s cultural life prompted by the architectural settings. The Green Terrain on the south gently slopes down to fuse with the waterfront promenade on the south to reflect a 3-dimensional pedestrian traffic and circulation system. A Harbour Park is proposed at the western end which is a free-for-all outdoor open space with spectacular panoramic view of the Victoria Harbour. The Conceptual Plan aims to offer a low carbon sustainable community not just for artists but for the general inhabitants of the new district.

Lead Architect »

Rocco Design Architects Ltd
Hong Kong
Hong Kong

Professional Credits »

Client / Developer
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
Hong Kong

Cultural Advisors
Desmond Hui, Jane J. Zheng, Leung Man Tao, Philip Dodd, John Howkins and Edward Lam
Hong Kong

Engineering Transportation and Sustainability Cons
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Hong Kong

Environmental Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Hong Kong

Financial Evaluation Consultant
GHK (HK) Ltd
Hong Kong

Siu Sai-Shun
Hong Kong

Land and Property Consultant
Professional Property Services Ltd., CBRE
Hong Kong

Performing Arts Planning Consultant:
Positive Solutions

Planning and Landscape Design Consultant
EDAW (Ltd.)
Hong Kong

Public Art Consultant
Freeman Lau, Kurt Chan, Michel De Boer
Hong Kong

Public Artwork
Anthony Gormley, Hung Keung, Kwok Mang Ho, Michael Lau, Wong Tin Yan, Ho Siu Kee
Hong Kong

Publication Design
CoDesign Ltd
Hong Kong

Quantity Surveying Consultant
Davis Langdon & Seah
Hong Kong

Structural Engineer
Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Hong Kong

Theatre Planning Consultant
Theatreplan LLP
United Kingdom

Traffic Consultant
MVA Hong Kong Ltd.
Hong Kong

Visual Arts Facilities Planning Consultant
Lord Cultural Resources