Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners have won the competition to design the new Xiqu Centre in China, the first of the 17 core arts and cultural venues that are set to open at the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD).
The two Hong Kong firms are experienced in designing cultural centres for China and had won ahead of big names like Foster + Partners through a design that reflects elements of traditional Chinese motifs.
Scheduled for commissioning in 2016, the Xiqu Centre will be built as the “gateway of access” to the cultural district.
According to WKCD, the winning project deserved its triumph for embodying the essence of Chinese Opera, Xiqu, through its four design principles including the idea of the gateway and pavilion, where all four corners of the site are open to visitors.
It was also applauded for its courtyard with a weather protected public space including an urban stage for events; its three-dimensional landscape treatment and the idea of the curved façade.