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West Kowloon Cultural District Art-themed Park – 8 Nov 2012
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (“WKCDA”) announced today a shortlist of seven design teams that have been invited to submit technical proposals for the development of Hong Kong’s first art-themed park, 14 hectares of landscaped public space for arts and culture at the West Kowloon Cultural District, by the waterfront in Kowloon.
The Hargreaves Associates team is pleased to be shortlisted for the West Kowloon Cultural District Park. A major destination for Kowloon and the centerpiece of the Cultural District, this waterfront park will be home to significant cultural facilities and will undoubtedly be a tourist destination as well as a place of respite and inspiration for Hong Kong residents.
Hong Kong Harbor is perhaps the most vital civic arena in the world. The daily life of the harbor is itself theater, animated with nonstop activity that is nothing less than mesmerizing. The new Kowloon waterfront sets the stage for a viewing platform of this ongoing spectacle. The brief to date is laden with promise as an integrated park of landscape and culture, suggesting a variety of cultural and commercial venues that will make the landscape virtually alive with activity. The park will be designed to seamlessly fit within the overall framework for the district and to strengthen connections to the multiple destinations, creating both a setting and a place that everyone will want to be. The park will have a particular appeal as users seek to explore the unique qualities and exhilaration inherent at this spectacular site at the tip of the harbor – its design must rise to this opportunity and create an iconic setting for Hong Kong residents to enjoy and visitors to remember.
COMPANY PROFILES+ BACKGROUNDS
Hargreaves Associates has been at the forefront of landscape architecture since its founding in 1983, creating a narrative approach to place making that layers history, ecology, and environmental phenomena. The internationally renowned built work of Hargreaves Associates creates meaning through dynamic, interactive and exultant landscapes. Whether reductive or rich, highly programmed or passive, culturally interpretive or teeming with the phenomena of nature’s own systems, the built landscape of Hargreaves Associates seek the power of connection to our day-to-day lives. Recently completed projects include the London 2012 Olympic Parklands, One Island East in Hong Kong and South Pointe Park in Miami.
Ennead Architects is recognized internationally for architectural excellence. Ennead makes buildings whose designs authentically express the progressive missions of their cultural, educational, scientific and governmental institutions and are responsive to their specific environmental conditions. They demonstrate technical and artistic excellence and significantly contribute both to the cultural life of their communities and to the enhancement of their precincts. Their collaborative process is rooted in extensive research involving the analysis of context, program, public image, emerging technologies and a commitment to sustainable solutions.
DESIGN TEAM COMPOSITION
Hargreaves Associates will lead the design team and has gathered together a team that embodies the best in international and local experience necessary to realize the ambitions of this great park. Ennead Architects has award winning experience creating major performance venues, art destinations and cultural institutions. Their open air Santa Fe Opera House is a strikingly beautiful marriage of stage, land and sky. Hargreaves Associates’ collaborations with Ennead include the William J. Clinton Presidential Center and over ten years of design partnership that has evolved into a symbiotic interest in the ambiguity of built form and nature.
Rounding out the core team will be ARUP, Urbis and LWK & Partners. Urbis and ARUP have direct project experience with West Kowloon Cultural District efforts. Hargreaves Associates and ARUP have collaborated on such major projects as the London Olympic Parklands and the proposed 560 hectare Xochimilco Park in Mexico City. Urbis was teamed with Foster + Partners for the West Kowloon Cultural District Master Plan and will be the Hong Kong registered landscape architect on the team. LWK & Partners will serve as the Hong Kong registered architect. The team will be further supported by the following:
Archilier Architecture | Retail and Dining
L’Observatoire International | Lighting
Sweett Group | Quantity Surveyor
ETM Associates | Operations & Management
Globe Creative Limited | Event Planning
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