The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced the appointment of the team that will deliver the architectural design of the Xiqu (Chinese opera) Centre, one of the landmark cultural venues for the West Kowloon Cultural District.
Buro Happold is to be part of the team which includes the joint venture partnership Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners Company Ltd, and will work with the Authority over the next four years to design and deliver a world-class facility for the preservation, development and promotion of this important art form of Chinese cultural heritage in Hong Kong.
The Xiqu Centre will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened within the district. The venue will provide a platform for the Xiqu communities to interact, develop and produce the finest examples of Cantonese and other Chinese opera performances, as well as attract new audiences, educate and collaborate with and host international cultural programmes.
Occupying a prime site on the eastern edge of the district on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, the centre will provide a gateway of access to the Cultural District. Early concept designs show that the building will provide a striking entrance, a lantern for the district, employing the traditional Moongate Chinese motif and a dynamic treatment of the facade.
The design team was picked unanimously by a jury panel made up of prominent leaders in the relevant professional and cultural sectors in Hong Kong, China and internationally: Mr. Cui Kai, architect, China; Prof. Odile Decq, architect/ urbanist, France; Mr. Jordi Farrando, architect, Spain; Mr. Lee Shing See, WKCDA Development Committee member and chairman of the steering committee and engineer, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Mao Chun Fai, Fredric, theatre director, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Pau Shiu Hung, architect, Hong Kong, China and; Mr. Yuen Siu Fai, vice chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.
Buro Happold will be providing structural, MEP, facade, sustainability, building physics, fire, specialist lighting, audio visual and security engineering services