Designed by Vancouver-based Bing Thom Architects, the new Xiqu Center will be the first of 17 arts and cultural venues to be opened within the new West Kowloon Cultural District in Hong Kong. Symbolizing the importance and the richness of Xiqu (Chinese opera), the center aims at making this piece of Asian cultural heritage accessible to new audiences. The Center will blend theater, art and public space and host international cultural programs. Like the soft glow of a lantern behind a bead curtain, the Xiqu Center will light up the Eastern entrance of the West Kowloon Cultural District and act as a lantern for Hong Kong.
Occupying a prime site of 13,800 square meters at the eastern edge of the WKCD on the corner of Canton Road and Austin Road West, the center will provide a high profile gateway to this ambitious new cultural district. The building will provide a striking entrance, reinterpreting the traditional Chinese Moongate motif within a dynamic facade. “Qi”of flow is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms. The architecture incorporates a generous amount of public leisure space. 2.000 square meters of training and education facilities, two high caliber auditoria for 1.100 and 400 seats (the latter to be developed in phase 2) and a traditional Tea House for performances for audiences of up to 280.