West 8 & ACLA selected for West Kowloon Cultural District Park

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The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority recently announced that a design team led by Dennis Lau & Ng Chun Man Architects & Engineers (Hong Kong) Ltd, supported by landscape architects, West 8 (Netherlands) and ACLA (Hong Kong), has been chosen to design and manage the development of the Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (Hong Kong), scheduled to open in stages starting from 2015.

The Park will provide a major green open space in the heart of the city and a waterfront promenade which wraps the entire headland, offering spectacular views over Victoria Harbour.

The Park will also house a series of small-scale arts and cultural venues, including the Arts Pavilion, an exhibition and event space for artists, designers and organisations to stage independent small-scale exhibitions and events, a home for M+ museum before its completion in 2017; Freespace with an intimate black box theatre for standing and seated events such as gigs, plays and dance performances, and an outdoor stage capable of welcoming over 10,000 standing visitors for large-scale performances and festivals.

The park design consultant will commence work on the development of a master plan for the Park and related venues, with an initial concept design expected to be unveiled this autumn.

Working closely with WKCDA, the design team will administer the construction project across the whole park site, design the Freespace venues and work in collaboration with the architects for the Arts Pavilion to decide on the best location for this venue within the overall scheme, and liaise with the M+ design team on the interfacing area of the parkland which connects to the museum.

Park design is to be conceived and developed by West 8 of Rotterdam in Holland. West 8 is an award-winning practice responsible for design of urban landscape interventions, waterfront projects, parks, squares and gardens enjoyed by people all over the world.

Project landscape architect ACLA’s in-depth knowledge of local flora and landscape practice will complement West 8’s design. ACLA was established in Hong Kong in 1978 and has been responsible for design of many of the landscape environments in the city. Besides parks, ACLA is currently working with the Government as the landscape consultant behind Greening Master Plans covering the whole of the territory of Hong Kong.

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