After the year-long public consultation in Hong Kong, Henry Tang, Hong Kong’s chief secretary and chairman of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, announced that Foster + Partners‘ ‘City Park‘ conceptual masterplan has been selected for West Kowloon Cultural District. The project is considered to be the largest cultural initiative in the world today.
The competition was organized by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority in 2008. 109 proposals were submitted and 12 were invited to compete. Last year, 3 of shortlisted firms (Office for Metropolitan Architecture, Rocco Design Architects Limited and Foster + Partners) were selected and asked to further develop the schemes.
City Park will be a major cultural centre for music, performing and visual arts, incorporating public spaces and spaces for Chinese culture, living, working, galleries and studios on a dramatic harbour-front site in the heart of Hong Kong.
This is fantastic news. I have been travelling to Hong Kong for more than 32 years, since the Hongkong Bank first brought us here. This project offers an extraordinary opportunity – it is unprecedented in its scale, scope and vision. City Park will be the catalyst to transform the city locally and regionally, as well as on the world stage. Our design is rooted in Hong Kong’s urban DNA, the distinctive character that makes it such a dynamic city. There really is no other project like it!
Lord Foster, Chairman and Founder of Foster + Partners
Category: Master Plan