Art Square and Exhibition, Hong Kong
Client: The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA)
Size: 470 m²
Advisers: AGC Design Ltd (local architect) Arup Hong Kong (structure, installations, sustainability) Sweett Group (cost analysis)
This pavilion provides two distinct exhibition spaces through reimagining Mies’ classical pavilion typology of a glass box and roof. First, the glass-enclosed box offers a 4.5m-high unobstructed space under a large canopy, able to adapt to an infinite amount of layouts for the exhibition of painting, sculpture, moving images, photography and other media. The northeast corner of this glass façade can slide open, allowing the exhibition area to be extended outdoors towards the future M+ Museum.
The second exhibition space lies on the roof, which slopes down to the waterfront and becomes a public ‘art square.’ This square, connecting to the Victoria Harbour, adds a dramatic new experience to the waterfront promenade. Visitors can step into the intimate amphitheatre to see a performance, or look at the outdoor art exhibition on the elevated platform — with Central and Victoria Harbour as a dramatic backdrop.