The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced that the joint venture of UNStudio (Netherlands) and AD+RG (Hong Kong) has been selected to provide consultancy services for the design and administration of the construction of the Lyric Theatre in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), scheduled for completion by 2019.
The schematic design is expected to be unveiled this autumn. The 1,200-seat Lyric Theatre will be Hong Kong’s first world-class facility for dance performances, including ballet, contemporary and Chinese dance forms. In the run up to the opening of further major performing arts venues in the WKCD, it will also be used for a wide variety of performing arts events including drama, opera and musical performances.
The Lyric Theatre will act as a platform for Hong Kong’s leading arts organisations, and be a new major venue to show programmes from Asia and worldwide. IThe Lyric Theatre will sit at the western end of the WKCD alongside M+, a visual arts museum which is being designed by Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells, and be accessible via Artist Square and the waterfront promenade.
Its location also creates the opportunity for the building design to offer views out over the harbour. WKCDA recognises that given the current lack of space for rehearsals and training in Hong Kong, major new venues such as the Lyric Theatre and Xiqu Centre are important future resources for the local arts community.
The design team will work in close communication with the sector in order to develop the schematic design. After Freespace and Xiqu Centre, the Lyric Theatre is the third venue dedicated specifically to the performing arts. With the announcement of appointing the design teams for the Park, Arts Pavilion and M+, a complete vision of the entire headland area of the WKCD has emerged. Source westkowloon
Article by Marco Rinaldi