West Kowloon Cultural District Authority signs up Garden Bridge designer for new pavilion contest
Thomas Heatherwick has been named on the judging panel for an emerging-talent contest in Hong Kong that is seeking designs for a temporary pavilion for an under-development cultural quarter.
The contest is soliciting proposals for a structure for Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCDA) – pictured below – with a design budget equivalent to just over £500,000.
Competition organiser West Kowloon Cultural District Authority said the structure would need to provide informal public space for relaxation, workshops, small events and performances, against a backdrop of spectacular harbour views.
Garden Bridge designer Heatherwick will be joined on the judging panel by 2013 Serpentine Pavilion designer Sou Fujimoto, OMA Asia partner-in-charge Chris van Duijn, and Hong Kong Institute of Architects president Marvin Chen.
WKCDA chief executive Duncan Pescod said it was envisaged that the contest – open to architects and designers who have graduated within the last 10 years – would become an annual event, taking its place alongside the London’s Serpentine Pavilion competition, and similar events in Australia and the United States.
The closing date for stage-one concept designs is June 26. The winning design is expected to be complete in the first half of 2018.
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