AIA Hong Kong Building Tour – The Xiqu Centre
Date(s) - 25/08/2018
10:00 am - 12:00 pm
The Xiqu Centre
West Kowloon Cultural District, 88 Austin Rd West, Tsim Sha Tsui
Due to popular demand, this event is sold-out.
Please contact Chapter office if you wish to be on our waiting list.
Please join us for a building tour of The Xiqu Centre designed by Revery Architecture with Ronald Lu & Partners.
The Xiqu Centre is a modern home for Chinese Opera in the West Kowloon Cultural District. The building was conceived as a cultural sanctuary: a blend of theatre, art, and public space, and a place for contemplation and celebration. A gateway to the new Cultural District, the eight-storey building’s facade is reminiscent of a beaded curtain, akin to the type often seen in traditional Chinese opera. The centre has a total area of 13,800m² and houses the Grand Theatre, accommodating 1,050 seats.
In response to the unique nature of the Xiqu Opera art form, the acoustics of the main theatre have been designed to support the natural voice by encouraging earlier reflection, from an acoustically non-absorbent ceiling to the audience below, as well as by modulating the room’s reverberation time. Various other devices, including acoustic curtains and banners, will ensure clarity of sound for amplified performances.
The main theatre, with panoramic views of Victoria Harbour and the city beyond, is flanked by two outdoor sky gardens. Below this are rehearsal spaces, lecture halls, classrooms, a teahouse theatre, retail areas and administrative offices – all of which overlook a central courtyard.
The tour will be led by Ronald Lu & Partners and Revery Architecture.
This event will be our last local building tour for 2018 and, as only limited space is available, early registration is strongly recommended.
Revery Architecture (formerly Bing Thom Architects)
Revery Architecture is an innovative architectural and urban design practice with an emphasis on community-minded work. The firm, founded in 1982 by the late Bing Thom, is now led by Principals Venelin Kokalov and Michael Heeney who direct a team of 50, specializing in architecture and planning, engineering, sustainable building, interior design, project management, landscape design, and construction. With offices in Vancouver, Hong Kong, and Washington, DC., the staff originate from a dozen different countries and bring diverse language skills and multi-culturalism to the practice.
Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP)
Ronald Lu and Partners (RLP) is an award-winning architectural and interior design firm founded in 1976 and dedicated to the delivery of world-class projects across the globe. Based in Hong Kong, with offices in Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Shenzhen, RLP now services a global client base spanning the public, commercial and institutional sectors with robust, practical and sensitive built solutions. The firm provides clients, users, local authorities and communities with better environments that create greater economic and social value. RLP design better life.
West Kowloon Cultural District
The West Kowloon Cultural District is fast becoming an international-grade arts and culture hub on land originally reclaimed in the 1990s as part of the Airport Core Development Programme. Located on the peninsula west of Yau Ma Tei, the district will soon feature a museum of visual culture, numerous theatres, concert halls and other performance venues under the management of the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, which is directly financed by a government endowment of HK$21.6 billion.
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