West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has started planning the development of the hotel/office/residential (HOR) portion of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). The priority is to take forward ACE (formerly known as the Exhibition Hub Development Area), while at the same time exploring market interest in developing an artist hostel/residence within the District. Today, WKCDA commences a roving exhibition to introduce both ACE and the Hostel.

ACE – representing Art, Commerce and Exhibitions – comprises an exhibition centre (about 47,000m2) with hotel and rental offices (about 81,000m2) and embedded retail/dining/entertainment facilities (about 6,800m2) in the adjacent U-shaped site. The exhibition centre is going to be located within a vibrant downtown art district, addressing a growing demand for space from art fairs, exhibitions and conventions that are known to be seeking to expand in Hong Kong. Moreover, this venue will have a flexible configuration to serve different purposes. With a seating capacity of around 10,000 persons in concert mode, column-free and to at least NC35 acoustic standard, its main hall will be suitable for staging various types of performances. 

ACE will be developed under a Build-Operate-Transfer (BOT) arrangement to capture creative opportunities in design, construction and management. Private sector investors/ partners will be invited to tender in late 2018 for the right to construct and operate the facilities in ACE during the BOT period. It is estimated that the tender will be awarded in 2019 with the operation of ACE to commerce in 2023.  

The second project to be taken forward by WKCDA will be Hong Kong’s first experimental Artist Hostel with RDE embedded facilities. The Hostel will be located next to the Lyric Theatre Complex in the Artist Square and be developed through a public-private partnership (PPP). It will be an ancillary facility to the planned arts venues at WKCD. It will accommodate both artists and regular patrons, providing a unique opportunity for artists and art lovers meet, interact and learn from each other. It will also serve as a showcase and incubator for artists, with workshops and public spaces for events and performances.      

Details of the roving exhibition are as follows:

Date: 29 March – 4 April 2018
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Location: Exhibition Site (near Exit F), MTR Admiralty Station 

Date: 6 – 8 April 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
Location: Sunshine City Plaza L2 Atrium, Ma On Shan 

Date: 21 – 23 April 2018
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
Location: UG/F, Central Atrium, China Hong Kong City, 33 Canton Road, Tsim Sha Tsui

For further information, please visit www.westkowloon.hk/ace and www.westkowloon.hk/artisthostel-residence

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West Kowloon Cultural District
Located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour, the West Kowloon Cultural District is one of the largest cultural projects in the world. Its vision is to create a vibrant new cultural quarter for Hong Kong. With a complex of theatres, performance spaces, and museums, the West Kowloon Cultural District will produce and host world-class exhibitions, performances, and cultural events, and will provide twenty-three hectares of public open space, including a two-kilometre waterfront promenade.