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.


We anticipate making a final selection of an overall winner by the end of the year with construction commencing in early 2018. See the shortlisted entries here.

Competition Enquiries

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

Design Requirements

Participants will be invited to design a temporary pavilion offering a distinctive response to this unique location.  The pavilion will act as an informal space where the public can sit and relax, and should be capable of being utilised as a venue for talks, workshops or small events and potentially hosting small performances.  Particular attention should be given to innovation in material use, green features and recyclability to minimise the environmental impact at the end of the project.  The temporary pavilion is scheduled to open in the first half of 2018 and will be displayed to the public for a period of approximately 6 months.

The design of this Temporary Pavilion shall be simple, cost-effective and easily-buildable. The ceiling budget for the “design and construction” works of the Temporary Pavilion project shall be HK $5 million, comprising HK $4.5 million for construction cost and HK $0.5 million for all other expenses relating to the delivery of the project.

Assessment Procedure & Criterion

There will be a two-stage competition process. Participants will first submit a concept design for judging by a panel of local and international experts, after which three designs will be shortlisted for further development. The shortlisted proposals will then be judged and one selected design will be taken forward to completion if the Authority considers appropriate. The winning entry will take on the role of Designer Advisor with to maintain the design intent throughout the course of realising the winning design from concept to completion, with the support of the Authority.

Prizes and Results

Three shortlisted entries will be selected from which one winning entry will be selected. The winning entry will be appointed as Design Advisor to implement the winning design concept through construction stages to completion of the temporary pavilion. The winning entry will be developed to detail design with the support of WKCDA. The prizes of the winning and commendation entries are:

Winning Entry

HK $250,000 Cash cheque and 1st Prize Certificate

Commendation Entries

HK $100,000 Cash cheque and Prize Certificate of Commendation for each of the other 2 shortlisted participants

Supporting Organisations: