AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – Asia Society Hong Kong Center
Date(s) - 12/03/2016
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
Asia Society Hong Kong Center
9 Justice Drive, Admiralty
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Located in the heart of the central business district, the Asia Society Hong Kong Center (the “Center”) is situated at the Old Victoria Barracks, Former Explosives Magazine site. Steeped in history, cultural significance and natural beauty it is an excellent example of Conservation Architecture in Hong Kong.
The 1,364 hectare site, which houses a group of four former British military buildings, was originally built by the British Army in the mid-19th century for explosives and ammunition production and storage. Subsequently expanded and then taken over by the Royal Navy in the early 20th century, the site was abandoned in the 1990s until it was granted to the Center by the HKSAR Government for adaptive reuse. An integral part of the British military lands and one of the few remaining sites of the Victoria Cantonment, the site is an important and tangible link to Hong Kong’s colonial past.
Through the vision of internationally acclaimed Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and as a result of careful conservation, restoration and adaptive reuse, the site was successfully transformed into a cultural, artistic and intellectual hub in 2012. The Center creatively combines new construction with four former military buildings, three of which are listed as Grade 1 Historic Buildings, while the fourth, a post-war utilitarian building located down the hill from the compound, is Grade 2 listed. Today the site is home to a stunning, multi-purpose Entrance Pavilion that is linked by a double-decker footbridge to the heritage site, which now houses a gallery, theatre, offices and function rooms.
The Center combines heritage conservation with a distinctive modern aesthetic allowing it to extend its educational programs to the larger community and received an AIA National Honor Award in 2016.
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