revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong
 

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong

in collaboration with ronald lu & partners, revery architecture has designed the xiqu centre for hong kong’s new west kowloon cultural district (WKCD). the project has been conceived as a cultural sanctuary, blending theatre, art and public space in one contemporary architectural expression. the resulting design incorporates current technologies while also embracing the rich chinese heritage of xiqu.

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xiqu centre exterior view

 

 

the project by revery and ronald lu is characterized by the dramatic curvilinear façade, which is illuminated to create a captivating landmark at the entrance to the city’s new arts and culture district. the design of the exterior aims to reinterpret the typical chinese moon-gate motif, warmly inviting people into the internal space. the xiqu centre houses an impressive 1,000-seat grand theater, uniquely situated at the top of the building and flanked by two outdoor sky gardens offering outstanding views of the harbour and the city beyond.

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

main entrance detail

 

 

the decision to suspend the main theater 90 feet (27 meters) above the ground strategically isolates the auditorium from the vibration and high ambient noise levels of the building’s surrounding urban context. elevating the theater also creates space for the multi-level atrium and naturally ventilated plaza containing rehearsal spaces, a tea house theater of 200 seats for more intimate performances, as well as education and administrative spaces, lecture rooms and retail areas overlooking the central inner courtyard.

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom
cladding details, exterior facade

 

 

the curved façade has been constructed using a modular system of scaled fins cnc-cut from untreated marine-grade aluminum pipe, selected for both its aesthetic and enhanced performance. arrayed in alternating patterns along the building, these curved fins radiate a captivating glow reminiscent of a lantern. the façade’s woven metal panels are gently pulled back at all four corner entrances to the building, radiating light to the exterior while revealing glimpses of the interior courtyard. the façade opens up into a mesmerizing circular atrium, this spectacular naturally-ventilated courtyard plaza invites the public to enjoy the exhibitions, browse shops, listen to music or watch xiqu demonstrations, making this most traditional chinese art form accessible to new audiences and future generations.

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

exterior plaza

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

exterior plaza of the xiqu centre

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

ticket area, main entrance

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

interior of the xiqu centre

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

ceiling detail

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

atrium view

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom

the grand theatre

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom
the grand theatre

revery architecture and ronald lu & partners design the xiqu centre in hong kong designboom
stair detail at the entrance

 

 

project info:

 

project name: ‘xiqu centre’

project location: west kowloon cultural district,hong kong

architect: revery architecture and ronald lu & partners

 

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edited by: lynne myers | designboom

  • I’ve seen the building just two days ago in Hong Kong, really beautiful and a nice “resting” place in a very crowded and noisy city.

    Paolo Bartoli says:

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