Flying start for international waterfront design contest
with Andrew Sun. Additional reporting by Clara Mak and Andrea Cheung.
The organisers of the Central waterfront design competition are happily surprised and overwhelmed: 311 local and international architects and designers registered ahead of the contest's June 30 deadline. Its object is to find plans that will help the government redefine the character of one of the city's prime pieces of property. These groups - including professional firms from as far as the Middle East and Latin America, as well as design students from Harvard and the University of Hong Kong - have until September 1 to submit designs.
The four people who make up the Design Hong Kong collective - (from left) Paul Zimmerman, Peter Wong King-keung, Christine Loh Kung-wai and Markus Shaw - are naturally very excited. 'The only down side is that we now have to rethink the venue for display of the entries. But that is a positive problem,' Mr Zimmerman said. Three of the submissions will eventually be chosen by a jury and scale models will be built. These three, along with five other honourable mentions, will share prizes and honorariums totalling HK$1 million.
Let's hope we'll see something more imaginative than another mall.