Xiqu (Opera) Centre At West Kowloon Cultural District
Bing Thom Architects and Ronald Lu & Partners Company Ltd have partnered to work with the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority over the next 4 years to design Xiqu (Chinese opera) Centre.The team will deliver a world class facility for the preservation, development and promotion of this important art form of Chinese cultural heritage in Hong Kong. The Xiqu Centre will be the first of 17 core arts and cultural venues to be opened within the District. The venue will provide a platform for the Xiqu communities to interact,develop,produce the finest examples of Cantonese and other Chinese opera performances,attract new audiences,educate and collaborate with and host international cultural programs. Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square meters at the Eastern edge of the District on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, the center will provide a gateway of access to the Cultural District. The design team was picked unanimously by a Jury Panel made up of prominent leaders in the relevant professional and cultural sectors in Hong Kong, China and internationally: Mr.Cui Kai,Architect,China; Prof.Odile Decq,Architect/ Urbanist,France;Mr Jordi Farrando,Architect,Spain; Mr.Lee Shing See,WKCDA Development Committee member and Chairman of the Steering Committee and Engineer, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Mao Chun Fai, Fredric, Theater Director, Hong Kong, China; Mr. Pau Shiu Hung, Architect, Hong Kong, China and Mr. Yuen Siu Fai,Vice Chairman of the Chinese Artists Association of Hong Kong.