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Pavilion in Hong Kong uses mirrored walls to blend into its surroundings

After winning a competition in 2014, the M+ Pavilion for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong has just been completed. Drawing on design expertise from VPANG Architects Ltd., Tynnon Chow from JET Architecture Inc, and architect Lisa Cheung, the team delivered a flexible space that will play host a range of small-scale exhibitions and events. 

All born in Hong Kong, the team of designers and architects met in New York in 1999 but since then had all gone their separate ways. The M+ Pavilion was an opportunity for the trio to meet up once again and "produce a design meaningful to Hong Kong."

Here, in the WKCDA, the group have employed mirrored external walls to reflect its verdant surroundings. Located within the the Art Park, the pavilion offers a welcoming space of respite from the frantic city life. The mirrors also allow the pavilion to blend into the sky. Floating above the foliage, visitors viewing art in the gallery can also take in views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. The gallery itself uses polished concrete flooring and white interior walls, creating a space that can be used for a diverse array of events, including exhibitions and performances.

“The way the first prize winning design fitted into the landscape and frames the views of Hong Kong, creating an outdoor space, which easily flows into a well-proportioned space, are merits of the design," said Co-chairman of the awarding Jury Panel and Executive Director of M+, Dr. Lars Nittve said in 2014. "It also allows for certain design flexibility and consideration, essential for a small-scale exhibition space like this."

Mr Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, added: “I am delighted that the winning design team is formed by three Hong Kong-born, young and energetic architects, and will look forward to seeing them make a significant contribution to the development of the WKCD site.”

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West 8 unveils plans for massive park in Hong Kong's West Kowloon

The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has released concept images for their waterfront park in the West Kowloon Cultural District. Once installed, the park will be a breath of fresh air (both literally and figuratively) for residents in the urban sprawl of Hong Kong, China. The park, designed by West 8, is merely one facet of a larger project to create the West Kowloon Cultural District, which seeks to create a cultural hub in Hong Kong. To establish this cultural atmosphere, the project's planners seek to insert several performance venues and art venues in the park. Upon its completion, the West Kowloon Cultural District will host multiple facilities to provide space for exhibitions and events, a park, and a waterfront path. The buildings will help to facilitate cultural celebrations and large-scale public events while the outdoor space will produce quality “green” space. Three confirmed venues for the park are The Arts Pavilion, Freespace, and The lawn. The Arts Pavilion will be situated on an elevated hill overlooking the Victoria Harbor and will house exhibitions and events that promote the cultural arts. The edifice was designed by VPANG architects and JET Architecture. The Freespace will be comprised of a black box and an outdoor stage, where open-air events and concerts can be held. The black box refers to a space at the center of the park that will seat up to 900 people. Finally, The Lawn will comprise the majority of the park and will be able to hold 10,000 standing visitors, making it ideal for outdoor concerts and festivals.