West Kowloon Reclamation

Hong Kong, China, 2001

The objective of this scheme was to create a great cultural park that combines open landscape areas with a major seafront promenade serving as a ‘cultural boulevard’ – a cardo maximus – lined with museums, a library and performing arts and entertainment facilities. The design provides for an intense diversity of offerings while essentially presenting to the city a great, 73-hectare (181-acre) park ‘above’. The result is a development that does not block the view of Hong Kong’s skyline across the bay and allows the high-rise towers behind it to maintain their sense of openness to the sea and Hong Kong Island. The new central park with skywalks and promenades brings visitors in contact with the water’s edge and with dramatic vistas towards Kowloon and Hong Kong. The roof topography forms a sculptural, undulating landscape, containing the cultural buildings below and resulting in a 31.5-hectare (78-acre) network of public parks and open spaces. The promenade is conceived as a transformable indoor/outdoor spine. Rotating glass roofs open it to the weather or enclose it to provide climate control, depending on the season. The proposed development features 325,160 square meters (3.5 million square feet) of buildable space, including hotels and a suitable mix of supporting retail space. In all, 538,840 square meters (5.8 million square feet) of institutional and commercial development are proposed, together with an integrated service and road system and 3500 parking spaces at appropriate locations.

Project Type: Urban Design/Planning

Client: Government of Hong Kong

Size: 5800000