A new competition to design a temporary pavilion for the West Kowloon Cultural District

To inspire innovation and help nurture new architectural and design talent in Hong Kong, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority has launched the Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition – a new competition to design an iconic Temporary Pavilion in the West Kowloon Nursery Park. The winning pavilion will be built on a waterfront location that offers spectacular harbour and sunset views, and the selected design should offer an inviting, informal public space to enhance visitor experience while also providing an informal space for talks, workshops and small performances.

This competition offers an invaluable opportunity for Hong Kong residents currently studying Architecture, Design or a related discipline, as well as those who have graduated in the last 10 years, to showcase their talent and see their design through to reality with the full support of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.

The competition will be judged by a panel of highly respected local and international experts that includes Thomas Heatherwick, James Corner and Sou Fujimoto.

Three short-listed entries will be selected for further design development, with the winner as selected by our judging panel being taken forward and constructed in the Nursery Park.

The winning entry will receive an award of HK$250,000 and a prize certificate. Two short-listed entries will receive commendation awards of HK$100,000.

By promoting the work of emerging young local talent, and design that is exciting, accessible and sustainable, we plan to create a model for an annual competition that can raise the international profile of Hong Kong and become an established fixture in the global creative calendar.

Judging Panel

Submission entries should be adjudicated by a panel of 10 local and international experts, including a Chair and a Vice-Chair.
(in alphabetical order of surname)

Mr Aric CHEN (M+ Lead Curator, Design & Architecture)
Mr Marvin CHEN (President, Hong Kong Institute of Architects)
Professor Nelson CHEN (Director, School of Architecture, Chinese University of Hong Kong)
Mr James CORNER (Founder & Director, James Corner Field Operations, New York)
Mr Sou FUJIMOTO (Sou Fujimoto Architects, Tokyo)
Mr Thomas HEATHERWICK, CBE RDI (Founder, Heatherwick Studio, London)
The Honorable Victor LO Chung-wing, GBM, GBS, JP (M+ Board Chairman) - Chair of the Judging Panel
Professor Nasrine SERAJI (Head, Department of Architecture, University of Hong Kong)
Mr Chris VAN DUIJN (Partner-in-charge, OMA Asia (Hong Kong) Ltd)
Ms Marisa YIU (Co-founder / Executive Director, Design Trust, Hong Kong)

WKCDA reserves the right to replace or substitute any judges without prior notification to the Participants.



The Competition will be open to all Hong Kong residents only (currently residing in Hong Kong, the Mainland or elsewhere) who are studying or have graduated from Architecture, Design or a related discipline within the past 10 years.


Interested parties should first register on-line. A confirmation email will be sent to the individual or lead participant within 3 working days, together with an information pack containing the Design Brief, submission forms and site information (aerial photo, CAD site plan). A registration number will be also issued for identification purpose. Participants should quote the registration number in all submissions and correspondence including enquiries.



Schedule of the Competition is as follows:



April 2017

Registration opens on-line

19 May 2017

Briefing Session

5 June 2017

Closing date for competition enquiries

26 June 2017

Closing date for submission of Stage 1 Conceptual entries

July 2017

Announcement of shortlisted participants

July - August 2017

Stage 2 Schematic Design

September 2017

Announcement of Winning Entry

Sept - Dec 2017

Preparation for construction of the winning design

Dec 2017

Construction starts

Note: Subject to the actual winning design selected, and in particular its status under relevant statutory requirements, the above programme may have to be adjusted.

Competition Enquiries

Participants may seek clarifications or make enquiries before 12:00 noon on 5 June 2017 (Monday) (Hong Kong Time). Other than the specified period, the Administrator will not respond to any enquiries or requests for clarification from any Participants relating to the Competition.

All enquiries must be made formally in writing to the Administrator in English to the e-mail address set out below. Verbal queries will not be entertained. The Administrator may publish the queries and responses on the competition webpage.

Email address for enquiries: pavilioncompetition@wkcda.hk

For full details of the Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition, please refer to Design Competition Brief, Rules and Conditions (English only). The information pack will be available after registration.

Media Enquiry

All media queries related to the Competition should be addressed to the WKCDA Communications and Public Affairs team via email: press@wkcda.hk

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