Pavilion at the West Kowloon Cultural District, Hong Kong
Year: 2013, Competition
Main Use: Exhibition, Event, Observation, Public Space
Site Area: 1,411 sqm
Bldg. Area: 57 sqm
GFA: 789 sqm
Arts Pavilion is designed to create three distinct layers for the public
to interact with the arts within the environment on various levels.
The volume of the Arts Pavilion is lifted up above the ground to create
a permeable open space. With public access on the ground floor, this
sheltered open space is designed for outdoor exhibitions and events;
creating curiosities, interactions and communications between the arts
and the public.
The primary volume of the exhibition space is an elevated neutral white
room, which floats above the ground to allow the skyline and natural
light to connect with the landscape. The white room acts as a backdrop
for a variety of events to happen such as presentations, lectures,
exhibitions and film screenings. Its only view to the outside is through
the large window towards the northeast façade, creating a strong visual
connection to the M+.
Through the ground level atrium, the public can access the roof terrace
to discover a quiet, contemplative space surrounded by the precinct of
the cultural district. In contrary to the defined enclosure below, the
green roof terrace offers an unobstructed 360 degree view of the city,
the sea and the islands from 18 meters above ground. The roof will
transform into a sculpture garden.
design implements traditional passive measures to reduce energy
consumption in the most sustainable and cost-effective manner. The floating pavilion is cladded with a layer of aluminium, enclosing a
cavity zone and thermal insulation. Its light construction does not
create any thermal mass nor does the bright and light façade create
significant heat gain. Air circulation between the outer aluminium skin
and the layer of insulation creates an additional thermal buffer.
The green roof reduces sun impact and heat gain within the structure on
the surface where the building is most exposed to the sun. The detailing
of the roof allows for integration of rain water collection.
Due to the nature of the venue, providing large window areas is not a
priority. This contributes to reducing material costs and mechanical
solutions to balance heat gain and loss through openings on the façades.
The single opening to the outside is directed to the northeast in which
only diffuse light will penetrate into the building. The choice of materials considers the potential of future dismantling of
the structure. The pavilion is nearly one hundred per cent recyclable.
The MVAC installation is integrated inside the core above the machine
room to avoid locating the services outside the building as this might
pose implication to greater energy consumption. Plant rooms for
electrical, plumping and drainage and fire services installation of
around 200 square meters in total will be located next to the temporary
performing arts venue, for these and other venues to share.
Lead Architect: Cheungvogl Ltd.
AP: Leigh & Orange Ltd.
Structural Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Building Services Engineer: Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong Ltd.
Sustainable Strategy: Cheungvogl Ltd., Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong
Cost Consultant: WT Partnership (HK) Ltd.
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