Hong Kong Infra-scape
Hong Kong, China
This competition entry for the re-design of Hong Kong’s central harborfront, prepared in collaboration with Paul Lukez Architecture, proposes overlaying a new layer of infrastructure (part canopy, part landscape) onto the city’s existing cityscape. This infrastructure will stitch together adjacent districts, reconnect city to waterfront and landscape, mediate radical scale shifts, support dynamic new programs (educational – recreational), sustain the environment (by generating energy), synergistically build upon the strength of the Central District’s existing cultural – civic – economic institutions, while enriching the lives of its residents.
This proposal interweaves Hong Kong’s rich landscape with its urban fabric and new waterfront. The harbor’s bulkhead is (symbolically) breached, as water re-constitutes the trace of the historic harbor, now bounded by a new government building complex, linking Hong Kong’s past to its future, and the city’s civic institutions to the harbor. The welcoming gesture of the canopied park generates a cohesive and open framework for the central district, supporting a rich and varied range of recreational and educational activities. The “open arms” of the newly configured water front embraces the harbor and world beyond, providing a strong and symbolic presence for Hong Kong’s dynamic future.