Mirrored Arts Pavilion to host exhibitions during construction of M+ in Hong Kong
The partnership VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung has been awarded first place in a competition to design an Arts Pavilion as part of West Kowloon Cultural District. The competition was advertised by WAN's Business Information Service (view brief).
The Pavilion, located in a park on the waterfront with spectacular views overlooking Victoria Harbour, aims to provide an exhibition and event space for artists, designers, organisations and other parties planning to stage independent small-scale exhibitions and events in West Kowloon Cultural District.
In the run-up to the completion of the M+, a future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture designed by Herzog & de Meuron, the Pavilion will also serve as the museum's primary site for its exhibitions, to further extend the its mission into the park and public sphere. The Pavilion is planned complete in 2015.
The winning pavilion by VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung is designed to offer a respite from hectic city life and impressed the judges with a smart simplistic approach which allows the volume to blend into its surroundings.
Mirrored external walls camouflage the architecture, reflecting the surrounding expanses of greenery and immersing the building within its Park setting. To further this experience, the Pavilion’s main exhibition space is elevated, allowing it to float above the foliage and creating the opportunity for artwork to be appreciated against a backdrop of the Hong Kong Island skyline with spectacular views out over Victoria Harbour.
The building is designed to be surrounded by natural light, away from noise. Inside, gallery spaces are created by polished concrete floors and white walls - a flexible backdrop for multidisciplinary art exhibitions and performances.
1st Prize: VPANG architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung
2nd Prize: ROGERSPARTNERS and Arthur C. S. Kwok Architects & Associate
3rd Prize: Hestia & Vish Limited
1. Matheson Whiteley and Andrew Lee King Fun & Associates Architects Ltd
2. ESKYIU and LEAD
3. O Studio Architects Limited with ARCA Limited
4. Jägnefält Milton with Leigh & Orange Ltd
5. David Kohn Architects with TFP Farrells
6. Nina Lesser, Michel Chung, Man Hok Wai, Nic Banks, Glory Wang