The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) today announced a shortlist of three Pavilion designs, as selected by the judging panel for the Hong Kong Young Architects & Designers Competition – the first competition of its kind in Hong Kong aimed specifically at showcasing the creativity and potential of local architects and designers still in the early stages of their careers.

Launched in April 2017 and open to Hong Kong residents either studying or who have graduated in architecture, design or a related discipline during the last 10 years, the competition had an overwhelming response. A total of 320 entries were reviewed by a panel of leading local and international experts who were tasked with selecting three designs to be taken forward for further development with the support of the WKCDA, in preparation for the selection this December of an overall winning design, which will then be built in a waterfront location at the West Kowloon Nursery Park.

The three selected designs are each radically different, each presenting innovative design solutions to a brief that sought a design for an inviting and dynamic Temporary Pavilion that complements the surrounding landscape and waterfront while enriching the cultural offering of the District by providing an informal space for small-scale events and activities.

The three shortlisted designs are:

  • SkyCamp by EXP+ (Ng Siu-cheong, Liane Cheung Tian-nan and Tsang Suet-ming)
  • Growing Up by New Office Works (Paul Tse Yi-pong and Evelyn Ting Huei-chung)
  • Infinity Platform by Zhang Ruizhao

(see Annex for details)

Each of the shortlisted design teams will receive a commendation prize of HK$100,000 and one of them will be selected in December to obtain a supplementary winner’s prize of HK$150,000.

The two-stage competition is being judged by a panel of leading architects and professionals from Hong Kong and abroad: Mr Aric Chen, Lead Curator of Design and Architecture, M+; Mr Marvin Chen, President of the Hong Kong Institute of Architects; Prof Nelson Chen, Director of School of Architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong; Mr James Corner, Founder and Director of James Corner Field Operations (New York); Mr Sou Fujimoto of Sou Fujimoto Architects (Tokyo); Mr Thomas Heatherwick, Founder of Heatherwick Studio (London); Mr Victor Lo, M+ Board Chairman; Prof Nasrine Seraji, Head of Department of Architecture, the University of Hong Kong; Mr Chris van Duijn, Partner-in-charge of OMA Asia (Hong Kong) Ltd; and Ms Marisa Yiu, Co-founder and Executive Director of Design Trust in Hong Kong.   

“Designing an inspiring and innovative pavilion for this very dramatic and public location with the West Kowloon Nursery Park is actually very difficult.  From the many-hundred design entries, we selected three unique and distinctly different designs.  Any of these three would be an inspiring landmark for the West Kowloon Cultural District and Hong Kong.” said juror Chris van Duijn

Juror Aric Chen commented, “The strength and diversity of the proposals prove what young Hong Kong architects are capable of when given the freedom and opportunity.  In particular, the three shortlisted entries rethink materials, space, and construction in order to reshape the ways we interact; thus, they remind us of the joy to be found in urban existence.”

It is anticipated that the Temporary Pavilion will commence construction in early 2018. The West Kowloon Cultural District aims to establish this as a biennial design competition that will act as a global platform for emerging Hong Kong design talent.

Remarks

West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority’s vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces and M+, a museum for contemporary visual culture, West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances and cultural events, as well as provide 23 hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.

Annex

SkyCamp

Design Team: EXP+ (NG Siu-cheong, Liane CHEUNG Tian-nan and TSANG Suet-ming)
Design Statement: SkyCamp proposes the suspension of a cityscape in the air. This contextualises the precedent of the site - the existing ground is a sea-reclamation which before was absent. Skycamp is an idea-nursery where ground level no longer dictates our space and movement. At SkyCamp, all things happen within a void rather than on solid ground, floating and drifting at their own pace with Victoria Habourfront as the backdrop. Sedimented chaos is filtered. Feet are freed from the ground, opening our mind and senses to get closer to nature at the heart of the city - to explore the touch of the wind, warmth of the light, the inner-self and co-existence with others.

Growing Up

Design Team: New Office Works (Paul TSE Yi-pong and Evelyn TING Huei-chung)
Design Statement: Just as the process of growing trees requires good soil, so the process of growing culture requires a strong foundation of collective memories of the city. Growing Up captures everyday elements fundamental to Hong Kong, embedding and cultivating them within the fabric of a soon-to-be major arts and cultural centre. While nurseries cultivate plants to be transplanted elsewhere, Growing Up transplants fragments of the city to cultivate them within the cultural district.

Infinity Platform

Design Team: ZHANG Ruizhao
Design Statement: The inspiration for the Infinity Platform Pavilion comes from the traditional East Asian folding fan, an ancient and clever trick. Playing with space and surface, by folding and rearranging the location of each fan blade, the nature of a fan can shift between maximum density and maximum superficial area. Instead of designing a pavilion with certainty of floors, walls and windows, the Infinity Platform Pavilion was designed with variability in mind, nine floor slabs can swift change from ceiling to stair, from floor to canopy by rotating around the core.