WKCD Pavilion

Highlighted Competition Entry | West Kowloon Cultural District | Hong Kong 2017

Hong Kong’s development of an international arts region is complemented by the WKCD Pavilion serving as an architectural catalyst and backdrop for innovative and vibrant cultural events.

The WKCD Pavilion further activates a developing West Kowloon Cultural District by offering a hyper light-weight temporary structure with unique architectural qualities, made from ‘objets trouvés’ (found objects). Its massing, orientation, and openings align with the city’s sun path and site circulation networks. Visitors find a sheltered space to gaze across the waterfront while enjoying public activities and programming. In dialogue with temporary architectural additions found ad-hoc in Hong Kong canopies, enclosures, and shelters, this pavilion combines straightforward low-tech on-site craftsmanship with innovative computational design and engineering power for the invention of a new event space.

The organically-shaped tension membrane creates an elegant shelter and podium area that activates the surrounding landscape. The structure operates as both backdrop for performances with crowds gathering in the western adjacent lawn, or as a lightweight covered platform for picnicking families and sunset gazers.
The WKCD Pavilion is designed to be inclusive to everyone. Accessibility is of paramount importance to ensure that all users can fully experience pavilion activities and programming. A ramp and low risers assist in ascending from the pedestrian walkway to platform level.

By bridging digital technologies with the limitations of practice – its architecture links design methodologies with the realities of professional practice, construction materials and on-site skills. Innovative construction and elegant form will continue the international dialogue set by the WKCD agenda of showcasing Hong Kong’s cultural initiatives, commitment to art, education and public space. By using ecologically sound recyclable materials, seeking readily available regionally accessible products and reducing overall building weight, the design and construction will be environmentally responsible. By using a readymade kit of parts, the pavilion is further deconstructed and relocated with a minimized energy and monetary expenditure. The WKCD Pavilion is an ideal meeting place for visitors, hosting a variety of flexible programs, events and activities. Its playful and dynamic geometry spark an iconographic moment across the West Kowloon harbourfront.

LOCATION | West Kowloon, Hong Kong SAR
LEAD DESIGN TEAM | Kristof Crolla, Adam Fingrut, Julien Klisz, Kenneth Cheung, Alex Ng, Adrien Gesulfo
CONSULTANT | Buro Happold (Structure), Emidio Piermarini
CLIENT | West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
PROGRAM | Event Space – Temporary Pavilion