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Hong Kong Urban Transit Development, China – design by OMA

18 Jan 2011

Hong Kong Urban Transit Vision

OMA to Design New Vision for Urban Transit in Hong Kong

Hong Kong / Rotterdam, January 18, 2011 – OMA has been commissioned to produce a new design strategy and identity for Hong Kong’s transit authority, the MTR. The plan, Railway Vision 2020, will culminate in OMA designing and building two new stations as prototypes for the entire network throughout Hong Kong.

OMA and its research unit AMO will study the city’s mass transit system and its infrastructure in depth, conducting site analysis, branding and identity research, observation of the everyday usage patterns of the system by commuters, and sustainability research. OMA’s design for the two stations will emerge from this research, and will include a rethinking of all the elements of a station: its engagement with the street level, its connections, concourses and platforms, station furniture, circulation and way-finding, and MTR’s visual identity.

OMA partner-in-charge David Gianotten commented: “We are honoured to contribute to the identity of one of Hong Kong’s most important and efficient companies, as well as the overall identity of Hong Kong, through this project. OMA’s history of research and its dedication to the development of the city will be crucial for our approach to the work.” Also in Hong Kong, OMA is working on the West Kowloon Cultural District project and the new campus for Chu Hai College.

OMA will collaborate with Stanford University, the City University of Hong Kong and the University of Hong Kong. Railway Vision 2020 will be developed in OMA’s Asia headquarters in Hong Kong. The first stations designed for Railway Vision 2020 will open before 2020.

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OMA reveals plans for new cultural district in Hong Kong

Hong Kong, 20 August 2010 – The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority unveiled today OMA’s conceptual masterplan for a major new arts district in Hong Kong. Under OMA’s plan – one of three competing proposals – the 40 hectare waterfront site facing Victoria Harbour would become an authentic environment of three urban villages embedded in a new public park, Hong Kong’s largest.

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OMA founding partner Rem Koolhaas commented: “Using the village – a typology every citizen of Hong Kong is familiar with – as the model for our plan allows us to absorb the massive scale of WKCD’s ambition into manageable portions and forge deep connections with Kowloon, whose vital urban energy will be the lifeblood of WKCD.”

In 2009, OMA established a new office in Hong Kong to study local conditions and consult with a wide range of stakeholders and experts in the fields of culture and finance. Out of this research, we generated a cultural masterplan, working in tandem with architecture, for establishing a creative milieu that can fully ‘inhabit’ WKCD’s plethora of new arts facilities and make the neighbourhood come alive.

OMA’s three villages each have a strong emphasis on vibrant street life and cultural production where all aspects of the creative process – from education to rehearsal to production to performance – are nurtured and made visible.

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One of the key elements of OMA’s proposal for WKCD is M+, an experimental new museum interpreted as a barcode of overlapping bands featuring visual art, film, design and popular culture. Embedded in M+ is an Art Factory, where education, artist studios, a hotel and shops intersect and interact with the museum itself. Beneath M+, the Exhibition Centre is a venue for auctions and conventions, a further intermingling of culture and commerce. M+ links to Kowloon Park and to the surrounding neighbourhood with pedestrian bridges – one of them an extension of the park, one an extension of the museum itself – into Jordan and to Temple Street, and across Canton Road to an outpost of the museum in Victoria Towers.

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