West Kowloon Arts Pavilion, Hong Kong

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion, WKCDA Design Competition, Hong Kong Architecture

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion

WKCDA Design Contest Winner, China – design by VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung

M+ Pavilion West Kowloon Building Completion – Jul 2016

24 Jan 2014

Arts Pavilion Competition Winner

WKCDA announces the results of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition

Design: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung

Location: West Kowloon, Hong Kong

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) have announced that VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung, have been appointed to design the Arts Pavilion in the West Kowloon Cultural District, after achieving first prize in a single stage international design competition.

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 1

VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung will work with the WKCDA to design and deliver an exhibition and event space for artists, designers and organisations to stage independent small-scale exhibitions and events in the Park at WKCD.

In the run-up to the completion of M+, a future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture designed by Herzog & de Meuron, in late 2017, the Pavilion will also serve as the museum’s primary site for its exhibitions to further extend the museum’s mission into the Park and public sphere. The Pavilion is planned to be completed in 2015.

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 2

The winning pavilion is designed to offer a respite from hectic city life, and impressed the judges with a smart simplistic approach, which allows the Pavilion to blend into its surroundings. Mirrored external walls camouflage the architecture, reflecting the surrounding expanses of greenery and immersing the building within its Park setting. To further this experience, the pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage, creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views out over Victoria Harbour. The building is designed to be surrounded by natural light, away from noise.  Inside, gallery spaces are created by polished concrete floors and white walls – a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 3

Announcing the results of the Arts Pavilion Design Competition today, Co-chairman of the Jury Panel and Executive Director of M+, Dr. Lars Nittve said, “The way the first prize winning design fitted into the landscape and frames the views of Hong Kong, creating an outdoor space, which easily flows into a well proportioned space, are merits of the design.  It also allows for certain design flexibility and consideration, essential for a small-scale exhibition space like this.”

Mr Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, added, “I am delighted that the winning design team is formed by three Hong Kong-born, young and energetic architects, and will look forward to seeing them make a significant contribution to the development of the WKCD site.”

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 4

Architects of the winning design team said, “The Arts Pavilion in West Kowloon Cultural District is a wonderful opportunity for emerging talents and the public to participate and enjoy arts, architecture and culture.  Foreseeing WKCD development as the cultural limelight to come, we as local architects are honoured and delighted to contribute our design effort to create a truly unique place for people of Hong Kong.”

The three winning entries and six commendations were chosen out of 100 submission entries received, anonymously selected by a panel of seven jurors co-chaired by Mr. Rocco YIM, a renowned Hong Kong architect and Dr. Lars NITTVE, Executive Director of M+.

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion 5

The results for the design competition are as follows:

Three winning entries

1st Prize: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung
2nd Prize: ROGERSPARTNERS and Arthur C. S. Kwok Architects & Associates
3rd Prize: Hestia & Vish Limited

Six commendation entries

  • Matheson Whiteley and Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects Ltd
  • ESKYIU and LEAD
  • O Studio Architects Limited with ARCA Limited
  • Jägnefält Milton with Leigh & Orange Ltd
  • David Kohn Architects with TFP Farrells
  • Nina Lesser, Michel Chung, Man Hok Wai, Nic Banks, Glory Wang

The prizes of the winning entries and commendation entries are:

3 Winning EntriesHK$500,000 Cash Cheque and Prize Certificate for the 1st prizeHK$200,000 Cash Cheque and Prize Certificate for the 2nd prizeHK$100,000 Cash Cheque and Prize Certificate for the 3rd prize6 Commendation EntriesPrize Certificate each

West Kowloon Arts Pavilion information / images from West Kowloon Cultural District Authority

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