West Kowloon Cultural District
Farrells have been intimately engaged in the planning of West Kowloon since the land was reclaimed from the harbour more than 25 years ago. Following the construction of Kowloon Station and the Kowloon Ventilation Building, Farrells prepared a masterplan for a scheme called Kowloon Point. This was shelved after the Protection of the Harbour Ordinance was enacted in the late 1990s.
Then-Chief Executive Tung Chee-hwa proposed to use the remaining land at West Kowloon for the development of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD), one of the world’s most ambitious arts and culture projects. Farrells initially competed for the WKCD Concept Plan, and subsequently completed the Development Plan, an implementable masterplan based on the City Park concept by Foster and Partners. Construction of the HK$21.6 billion development is now well underway. Farrells also designed the M+ Museum for Visual Culture, the district’s flagship museum of contemporary arts, in collaboration with Herzog and de Meuron and Ove Arup and Partners.