DESCRIPTION – Hong Kong: West Kowloon
The Kowloon Peninsula is the dense area between the northern mountains of the New Territories and the Bay. It is the most populous region in Hong Kong, characterized by large residential blocks and extreme population density. In this guided tour we’ll discover some interesting architecture projects from West Kowloon area in Hong Kong. We’ll start at The Victoria Towers which opened in 2003, consist of 3 towers each rising 62 floors. In front of these towers we find Xiqu Centre (Bing Thom Architects + Ronald Lu & Partners) which was inspired by traditional Chinese lanterns and blends traditional and contemporary elements to reflect the evolving nature of the art form.
With a short walk we’ll arrive at the imposing Hong Kong West Kowloon Railway Station (Andrew Bromberg at Aedas). Opened to the public on September 2018, the design of the station introduces over 3 hectares of ‘green plaza’ to the site.
Continuing our journey we’ll see Union Square, a housing complex that houses, among others, The HarbourSide (P & T Architects & Engineers Limited). Three towers are connected to form a single, wall-like building as the fourth phase of Kowloon Station development. This is Hong Kong’s second tallest all-residential tower and it is one of the widest skyscrapers in the world.
Really close there’s International Commerce Centre building, the tallest building in Hong Kong surrounded by large overpasses and roads, and standing on top of a parking garage, the tower is an island within an island. On the 100th floor of this building there’s Sky 100 Hong Kong Observation Deck (optional entrance). At 393 metres above sea level, it is the only indoor observation deck in Hong Kong offering 360-degree views of the territory and its famous Victoria Harbour.
We’ll end our tour seeing West Kowloon Cultural District, a masterplan by OMA that’s still under construction. The 40 hectare site would comprise three ‘urban villages’ situated within a park connected to the existing Kowloon Park, forming the largest public green space in Hong Kong.
Here we find M+ Pavilion designed by VPANG Architects ltd + JET Architecture Inc + Lisa Cheung, which opened in September 2016 and serves as the primary site for M+ exhibitions in the run-up to the completion of the M+ building.