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Sunday20 August 2017

Heatherwick to judge Hong Kong emerging talent competition

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West Kowloon Cultural District Authority signs up Garden Bridge designer for new pavilion contest

Thomas Heatherwick has been named on the judging panel for an emerging-talent contest in Hong Kong that is seeking designs for a temporary pavilion for an under-development cultural quarter.

The contest is soliciting proposals for a structure for Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCDA) – pictured below – with a design budget equivalent to just over £500,000.

Competition organiser West Kowloon Cultural District Authority said the structure would need to provide informal public space for relaxation, workshops, small events and performances, against a backdrop of spectacular harbour views.

Garden Bridge designer Heatherwick will be joined on the judging panel by 2013 Serpentine Pavilion designer Sou Fujimoto, OMA Asia partner-in-charge Chris van Duijn, and Hong Kong Institute of Architects president Marvin Chen.

WKCDA chief executive Duncan Pescod said it was envisaged that the contest – open to architects and designers who have graduated within the last 10 years – would become an annual event, taking its place alongside the London’s Serpentine Pavilion competition, and similar events in Australia and the United States.

The closing date for stage-one concept designs is June 26. The winning design is expected to be complete in the first half of 2018.

West Kowloon Cultural District

West Kowloon Cultural District

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  • 1. Find a celebrity who is chums with the mayor
    2. Secretly agree that you are going to win
    3. Start work half a year before anyone else (gotta ramp up that fee!)
    4. Profit

    NB. Project completion is arbitrary

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  • SomeoneStoleMyNick

    5. Don't bother studying architecture. You don't need to know anything about it.

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