The Xiqu Centre in the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong will be a world-class arts venue specifically built for xiqu (Chinese opera) performances, and it is also a centre for the production, education and research of this unique art form.
In December 2012, a joint venture by leading Canadian architect Bing Thom Architects and Hong Kong award-winning architect Ronald Lu & Partners was selected from a shortlist of five consortiums to design this landmark venue. Their design successfully blends theatre, arts education and public space together and the design reflects four core design principles integral to the art form and Chinese culture:
1.The concept of ‘flow’ or ‘qi’ is interpreted in the fluid movements in the building and the use of curved planes, arched openings and circular paths.
2. The concept of nature is expressed by bringing the landscape into different levels of the building to create in-between spaces;
3. The concept of gateway and pavilion is represented in the openness and door-less nature of the design, welcoming different visitors into the building from all four of its corners;
4. The concept of courtyard is presented as a generous covered public space on ground level, which serves as a perfect urban stage for events and celebrations.
For more information about this winning work and other shortlisted designs, please visit the website of West Kowloon.