UNStudio reveal 'mammoth' theatre complex in Hong Kong

by Andrew Manns | 07 Dec 2018

Dutch architecture practice UNStudio have unveiled renderings for the Lyric Theatre Complex – an expansive cultural venue currently being constructed in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.

The mammoth complex, which will occupy roughly 41,000 sq m of the city’s waterfront, will include a 1,450-seat Lyric Theatre inspired by European "Baroque-era" extravagance; a 600-seat Medium Theatre for smaller-scale productions; and a 270-seat Studio Theatre for intimate performances.

The arts facility will also feature eight dance and rehearsal studios as well as various entertainment, retail, and dining outlets.

Speaking on the project, UNStudio’s co-founder Ben van Berkel said: "In the end, we were able to create a vibrant building that celebrates the enchanting world of dance and theatre and will cater to the future needs of Hong Kong’s theatre-going public."

Hannes Pfau, senior architect at the firm, highlighted the building’s dedication to structural transparency and openness, commenting that the team "created a home for the arts and a stage for the public."

The structure, which has been in the works since 2014, is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

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Dutch architecture practice UNStudio have unveiled renderings for the Lyric Theatre Complex – an expansive cultural venue currently being constructed in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District. The mammoth complex, which will occupy roughly 41,000 sq m of the city’s waterfront, will include a 1,450-seat Lyric Theatre inspired by European "Baroque-era" extravagance; a 600-seat Medium Theatre for smaller-scale productions; and a 270-seat Studio Theatre for intimate performances. The arts facility
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The future structure will rise on West Kowloon's waterfront. / Courtesy of UNStudio
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UNStudio reveal 'mammoth' theatre complex in Hong Kong
Dutch architecture practice UNStudio have unveiled renderings for the Lyric Theatre Complex – an expansive cultural venue currently being constructed in Hong Kong's West Kowloon Cultural District.