Foster + Partners wins West Kowloon Cultural District Competition

West Kowloon Cultural District - City Park - Foster & Partners

The Board of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) recently selected City Park designed by Foster + Partners as the preferred option for the development of the future arts and culture hub.

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West Kowloon Cultural District Concept Options revealed: OMA, Foster+Partners, Rocco

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has revealed the 3 conceptual plan options for the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) on Friday at Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre. The three master plan options were undertaken as Stage 2 of the Public Engagement for the arrangement of arts and cultural facilities as well as various other land uses, including commercial, retail, hotel, residential and public open space.

The three Conceptual Plan Options revealed are:

  • City Park – prepared by Foster + Partners, led by Lord Norman Foster;
  • Cultural Connect: Key to Sustained Vitality – prepared by Rocco Design Architects Limited, led by Mr Rocco Yim; and
  • Project for a New Dimension – prepared by Office for Metropolitan Architecture, led by Mr Rem Koolhaas.

Public comment on the Options is open until 21 November 2010.

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Field Operations wins Qianhai Urban Design Competition

Field Operations Model

Field Operations Model

James Corner’s Field Operations has won the International Urban Design Competition for Qianhai area, within Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China. The design divides the 18.04 square kilometre(approx. 7 sq .miles) area into easily manageable districts with unique architectural typologies and functions. Field Operations won the competition due to intensive compact and diverse design that follows the principles of sustainability, and encircling the city’s most important one of the resources – water.  The design is envisioned as a “coastal water-town” that  focuses on eco-innovation whilst simultaneously creating a diverse waterfront urban environment which continues through the entire 18 square km area.

The area is to be the 2nd CBD/CAD in Shenzhen with Futian District being the 1st.  Qianhai will play an important role in development of the Pearl River Delta. The  new CBD will located along Metro Line 1 & 5 and the new high speed and inter-city railway lines and expressway links between Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Guangzhou. Also within Qianhai where 3.7 square kilometres will be developed by joint-venture between Shenzhen and Hong Kong governments as a  Service Park similar to the Suzhou-Singapore Development in Suzhou.  The new city is envisioned to be the next Sydney , Hong Kong and Vancouver.

2nd Prize was won by BLAU Architecture & Urbanism and 3rd prize went to OMA

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

BLAU Master Plan (2nd Prize)

OMA (3rd Prize) Qianhai

OMA (3rd Prize)

Sixty-two companies worldwide had submitted designs to Shenzhen’s urban planning commission since it launched an international design competition Dec. 31. Eight finalists with two backups were chosen including:

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Ole Scheeren leaving OMA to setup own studio

OMA (Office for Metropolitan Architecture) and Ole Scheeren announced today that Ole Scheeren will be leaving the firm in order to establish his own studio.

During his time at OMA, Scheeren has led several of the firm’s projects, including the design and construction of CCTV and TVCC in Beijing, the Prada Epicenters in New York and Los Angeles, the MahaNakhon tower in Bangkok and the Interlace in Singapore.

Rem Koolhaas commented: “Ole has played a significant role in the development of the office and has successfully led the realization of the CCTV project. After 15 years of collaboration, we have now decided to work independently. I am personally looking forward to furthering OMA’s activities in Asia.”

Scheeren, who has accepted a post as Visiting Professor at Hong Kong University, added: “My collaboration with Rem Koolhaas and OMA has been an extraordinary experience – we have generated some remarkable projects both in East Asia and North America. The time has now come for me to pursue new opportunities, and I am very excited about this next phase of my work.”


OMA wins competition for new Chu Hai College Campus in Hong Kong

The Office for Metropolitan Architecture in collaboration with Leigh & Orange Architects has won the competition for the new campus for Chu Hai College of Higher Education in the New Territories in Hong Kong. The campus will give Chu Hai College, established in 1947, a new identity as well as a new site.

The project, with a gross floor area of 28,000m2, consists of education facilities for three faculties – arts, science and engineering, and business – containing 10 departments and two research centres. Chu Hai College has traditionally emphasised a multidisciplinary and wide-ranging education for its 4,000 students engaged in the four-year degree curriculum. Accordingly, OMA’s design generates abundant communal spaces that will facilitate encounters between students from different departments.


West Kowloon Cultural District concept consultants named

The West Kowloon Cultural district was a design competition won by a team led by Foster & Partners was announced in February 2002. The winning design was shelved in 2006 over concerns of funding and development. Since then three advisory groups have been in charge of the project. EOI tenders were called in late 2008 for a Conceptual Plan and on Monday after reviewing the 40 submissions the below was announced by Hong Kong Government.

Cultural district concept consultants named

Three consultants – Foster + Partners Limited, Office for Metropolitan Architecture and Rocco Design Architects Limited – have been selected to help prepare the West Kowloon Cultural District concept plan. Mott MacDonald Hong Kong Limited has been named the project consultant.

Announcing this at the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority Consultation Panel second meeting today, Chief Secretary Henry Tang said the selection process was fair and open, but vigorous.

You can watch the design presentations by Lord Foster, Rem Koolhaas & Rocco Yim at West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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