West Kowloon Cultural District is a new cultural and creative centre for Hong Kong to be built in a 40 hectare area across from Victoria Harbour. OMA architectural studios under architect Rem Koolhaas announced the masterplan presented for the competition. The project redesigns the whole area as a huge public park with three urban villages inside it. The village theme was chosen because it is familiar to the inhabitants of Hong Kong and because it allows them to tackle the project by dividing it into smaller areas that are easier to work with. The villages are urban in character and cover all aspects of the creative process, from practice to performance. One key element in the proposal is the experimental museum M+, where the figurative arts, cinema, design and popular culture are overlapped and set side by side like the stripes in a bar code; the project also includes an Art Factory and an exhibition centre, with pedestrian bridges to link Kowloon Park with the neighbourhoods nearby.
Design: OMA, Rem Koolhaas
Location: Hong Kong