Wong & Ouyang China, Hong Kong Architecture Practice, Chinese Design Studio
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18 Jul 2012
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West Kowloon Cultural District Competition, China
Shortlisted Design Team for First Arts Venue
Courtesy of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
West Kowloon Cultural District Competition
Shortlist of five design teams invited to submit proposals for the design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the first landmark buildings for the WKCD, scheduled for completion at the end of 2015.
Shortlisted design teams:
– BTA & RLP Company Limited
– Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects
– Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange
– Safdie Architects LLC
– Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt)
Vision of the Project
The Xiqu Centre is to be a Celebration of the Xiqu art form and designed to be of the best standard and performance requirements of the Brief.
• The Centre will maximise its exposure to the general public of Hong Kong and Mainland as well as to the International Visitors.
• The Centre shall be a place where the public can enjoy, study and discover the art of Xiqu.
• The Centre will nurture the development of Xiqu and allow it to develop to new heights.
The Xiqu Centre will offer an opportunity for us to develop fit-for-purpose designs for the two Theatres, the Tea House and its associated spaces to be a world-class facility and to become the home base for the performances of Xiqu in Hong Kong, the preservation, development and education of this art form.
The design of the new Xiqu Centre shall be tailor-made to reflect the nuances of the performances, the requirements of the acoustics, as well as provide enough flexibility for the performance of various types of traditional Chinese arts. It is important that the iconic architecture accentuates and celebrates the Xiqu art form. The prime site location for this Centre at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) will allow the Xiqu Theatre to serve as the gateway to the other facilities that will be built on this district, as well as set itself apart as a Xiqu Centre.
The design must be driven from the interior to satisfy the requirement of the audience and performers of Cantonese Opera. The architecture must also be driven from the exterior to embody the spirit and characteristics of Xiqu without mimicking traditional forms. The Xiqu Centre will foster identity, visibility, communication engagement and distinct presence amongst the contemporary cultural buildings of the WKCD.
With the provision of a home and an identity for Xiqu here in Hong Kong, renowned local Xiqu artists and performers will have better access to participate in their various artistic endeavours. The community’s awareness and appreciation of Xiqu could be heightened through performances, workshops with artists and practitioners. Furthermore, the establishment and the identity of the Xiqu Centre could provide a home base where young and local talents can be nurtured. The Xiqu Centre’s design will sit in harmony with the neighbourhood and align with the Master Plan of the WKCD. The Wong & Ouyang team will actively engage in client workshops, listen and adopt the recommendations from end-users, the authority and stakeholders throughout the consultation process.
DESIGN TEAM COMPOSITION
Lead Architect / Interior Designer : Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt Architects)
• Civil, Geotechnical, Structural and Building Services Engineers : Ove Arup & Partners HK Ltd.
• Lighting Consultant : Lighting Planners Associates (HK) Ltd.
• Landscape Consultant : Cicada Pte Ltd.
• Environmental Consultant : ERM-Hong Kong Ltd.
• Traffic Consultant : MVA (HK) Ltd.
• Theatre Planner *
• Acoustic Consultant *
Note : * Theatre Planner and Acoustic Consultant will be nominated at Design Competition Stage.
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