Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) and Aedas have finally revealed images of a secret 130ha transport project in Hong Kong – just a year before it is due to complete
The enormous project – kept under wraps until now – will provide a screening area for vehicles crossing the new £11.5 billion Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.
It is understood the duo, working with AECOM, won the project in a contest against star firms including OMA more than eight years ago but their involvement has only now been confirmed by the practices.
Connecting the three major Pearl River Delta cities of Hong Kong, Macau and Zhuhai, the 55km-long crossing – featuring thee cable-stayed bridges and one under-sea tunnel – was originally due to open in 2016 but has been delayed until next year.
RSHP’s and Aedas’ portion of the scheme – known as the Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities (HKBCF) – will cover 130ha of a new 150ha artificial island created next to Hong Kong International Airport.
The screening area will serve as a ‘front door’ to Hong Kong for the many road vehicles arriving and departing via the route. In a statement describing the scheme, RSHP said: Careful thought has therefore been put in to how users will move around the site.
‘The simple, clear circulation through the facility is reinforced by the waveform roof, enhancing legibility and providing wayfinding. The movement through the building is punctuated with full-height canyons, allowing the penetration of natural daylight to all levels of the building and ensuring there is a visual connection to the linear roof form to further reinforce clarity of wayfinding.
‘The elegant modular roof form ideally lends itself to offsite prefabrication and has enabled an efficient construction process achieving a very high level of quality. The project will be environmentally friendly, aiming to meet the highest standards for new developments and utilise innovative green technologies.’
RSHP partner Richard Paul said: ‘I am delighted to be working on such an innovative project, which brings beauty and elegance to the everyday activity of travel. The new crossing will benefit those living and working in the region greatly and provide an appropriately visually arresting building for such a beautiful local environment.’
Aedas chair Keith Griffiths said: ‘The bridge will provide essential connectivity to roughly 120 million people who live in the Pearl River region to the south – one of China’s three great megapolises formed by the conjunction of Hong Kong, Macao, Zhuhai, Shenzhen, Dongguan and Guangzhou.’