The US$2.6 billion, three million square foot art and design district right on the Kowloon promenade is set to transform Hong Kong's iconic skyline with unique art and design spaces, along with a green oasis for the area's residents and 60 million visitors per year. Here's what you need to know about Hong Kong's most exciting new neighbourhood:
Victoria Dockside is located on the site formerly known as Holt's Wharf, a global freight and logistics hub that dates back to 1910. The site played a major role in connecting Hong Kong with the rest of the world, eventually making it one of its busiest ports.
The plot of land was acquired by Adrian Cheng's grandfather, Cheng Yu-tung, in the 1970s to build New World Centre, and Adrian is now rebuilding it into a global art and design district with a strong focus on culture.
2. A new neighbourhood
Built in the '80s, the Tsim Sha Tsui promenade and Avenue of Stars was due for an upgrade and Victoria Dockside will transform it into an art, design and business hub, with a healthy dose of greenery.
The masterplan for Victoria Dockside was conceptualised by acclaimed architectural firm Kohn Pederson Fox (KPF), landscape architect James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) in collaboration with Adrian Cheng, and over 100 designers and consultants around the globe.
You may know KPF for their work on Tokyo's Roppongi Hills and Hysan Place in Hong Kong—they are also credited for transforming New York's Hudson Yards into the city's most exciting new neighbourhood.
3. K11 Atelier office concept
The first phase of Victoria Dockside—K11 Atelier—opened in late November 2017 and brings a brand new office concept to Hong Kong.
Pioneering a mix of art, commerce and innovation, an example of how this all comes together is the 'Office Academy'—a myriad of programmes ranging from spiritual and physical wellness, productivity and success, culture and creativity, and team building that all K11 Atelier tenants have access to.
K11 Atelier occupies 15 floors of the mixed-used tower and is already over 70 percent leased. World-class tenants include Mizuho Bank and Taipei Fubon Bank, and most offices command 270-degree views of Hong Kong's beautiful Victoria Harbour.
4.Art in the office
A well-known art aficionado, Adrian Cheng has handpicked a striking art collection for K11 Atelier, which includes the works of artists including Qin Feng, Nick Mauss, and Alexander Tovborg. The three works challenge traditional forms of image-making by exploring extraordinary materials, not unlike the materials used to create Victoria Dockside.
The interiors of K11 Atelier were designed by Japanese firm Simplicity, who have made use of natural materials such as wood and paper to create an intimate, minimal and calm setting.
5.A green oasis
Victoria Dockside will open fully in the third quarter of 2019 with the opening of the Rosewood Hotel and Rosewood Residences (run by Adrian Cheng's sister Sonia Cheng) in late 2018 and the new Avenue of Stars in early 2019.
For now, the area has already become greener with the introduction of Salisbury Garden, an outdoor public and exhibition space in the form of an oval-shaped lawn designed by landscape architect James Corner. We're told that the new Avenue of Stars will also contain more green spaces for the public to enjoy—it's the first project in Hong Kong to make use of wave energy generators, meaning that parts of it will actually be powered by waves.
With a combined three million square feet right at the foot of the world's most iconic harbourfront skyline, Victoria Dockside's mix of premier art, design and leisure experiences is all set to become a new landmark destination for Hong Kong.
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