Heatherwick to judge Hong Kong emerging talent competition

Jim Dunton

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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