The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced today a shortlist of five design teams that have been invited to submit proposals for the design of the Xiqu Centre, one of the first landmark buildings for the West Kowloon Cultural District, scheduled for completion at the end of 2015. Three of the shortlisted practices are WAN Business Information subscribers.
The five shortlisted teams are:
BTA & RLP Company Limited
Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects
Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange
Safdie Architects LLC
Wong & Ouyang (HK) Ltd. (in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt)
Over 50 architectural teams from all over the world expressed interest in being considered for the project. The teams were shortlisted through a selection exercise conducted by the WKCDA management assisted by an Independent Professional Advisor, and with the participation of the Jury Panel. The outcome was supported by an independent Steering Committee, which was set up to oversee the design competition, and approved by WKCDA's Development Committee and the Board.
Announcing the selected teams, Mr Louis Yu, Executive Director, Performing Arts, said: "There has been a fantastic response to our plans for the Xiqu Centre from design teams from across the world. We are working hard to find the right team to work with to fulfill our ambitions. The shortlisted teams will meet with representatives of the Chinese opera artform, engaging with stakeholders so we can conceive together a world-class building for Hong Kong and for the development and promotion of this important form of Chinese cultural heritage."
The shortlisted design teams will be invited to submit schematic designs of their concepts before 5 October, 2012. Entries from the shortlisted design teams will be assessed by a Jury Panel made up of prominent leaders in the relevant professional and arts and culture fields from Hong Kong, Mainland China and internationally. WKCDA's Development Committee member and Chairman of the Steering Committee, Mr LEE Shing See, is Convenor of the Jury Panel.
The Jury Panel is expected to complete their assessment before the end of the year and recommend to WKCDA's Development Committee and the Board a team for consideration to be appointed to design and administer the Xiqu Centre project.
Shortlisted design teams will be provided with lists of nominated Theatre Planning Sub-consultants and Acoustic Sub-consultants for selection to collaborate in achieving the optimal theatrical and acoustic standards in their designs. The sub-consultants were shortlisted after a global invitation of Expression of Interests in March.