Cultural Destination

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) reflects on its own progress and location in a collaborative exhibition titled Constructing Culture – Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. Organised in partnership with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office at the Aedes Architecture Forum in Berlin, the display showcases the latest development of the WKCD to an international audience and focuses on the major architectural facilities that have been designed to date; how they sit within the wider context of the public space; and how they adhere to the district’s design principles.

Visitors will be able to view a selection of new models of the Xiqu Centre and M+, both of which are currently under construction and expected to open in 2018 and 2019, as well as renderings, plans and sections of these buildings presented together with the Lyric Theatre Complex, Freespace, Art Park, and the proposed Hong Kong Palace Museum. Alongside these developments, the show provides detailed information on the design principles applied across the district, its local and regional connectivity and its internal way-finding strategy.

Running until 13 July, the exhibition celebrates one of the largest cultural projects in the world – one that blends art, education and open space. Currently under construction, the WKCDA will cover 40 hectares of reclaimed land located on Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbour. With 23 hectares of public open space comprised of an Art Park, two kilometres of waterfront promenade, squares, plazas and terraces, the district seeks to be an accessible recreational destination for visitors. Meanwhile, the Aedes Architecture Forum, established in 1980, is the first private architecture gallery in Europe and is an ideal location from which the WKCDA can connect with the continent and an international public.

Constructing Culture – Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, until 13 July, Aedes Architecture Forum, Berlin.

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1. WKCDA, courtesy of the WKCDA.