Foster and Koolhaas selected for Hong Kong project
Foster + Partners has been given a second chance to masterplan the $2.7 billion West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong
The British starchitect, together with Rem Koolhaas and local designer Rocco Yim Sen-kee, make up the three-strong team named as consultants on the conceptual plans for the cultural and artistic hub.
The trio firms will take part in all five forthcoming public forums on the overall look, ambience, facilities, programmes and activities.
In 2006 Foster’s plans for the site, in Victoria Harbour, were put on hold while the authorities carried out a ‘fresh consultation exercise’ over the huge waterside proposals.
This move was revealed after Hong Kong’s chief secretary Rafael Hui admitted that Foster’s plans - for an enormous glass canopy covering a 2.4km stretch of reclaimed land - had not been greeted with enthusiasm by potential developers.