Bruce Lee

Designs flood in for Bruce Lee museum

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 17 October, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 17 October, 2009, 12:00am


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A competition to design a Bruce Lee museum at the late kung fu star's former Kowloon Tong home has attracted more than 160 submissions from Hong Kong and overseas.

The international competition kicked off on July 20, the 36th anniversary of Lee's death, and closed on Thursday. Organised by the institutes of architects, planners and surveyors, it sought ideas for restoring Lee's former home - a two-storey house at 41 Cumberland Road.

About 63 per cent of the entries came from Hong Kong.

Lee's former home was a love hotel until the villa's owner, Yu Panglin, agreed last year to donate the HK$100 million property for the project to commemorate the kung fu star's contribution to martial arts and the film industry.

'We hope that the villa will be restored to the original state that Bruce Lee lived in as far as possible,' Bruce Lee Club chairman W Wong Yiu- keung said.

The actor spent his last years there before his death in 1973 at the age of 32. Wong said the star's many fans around the world were eager to visit the museum as soon as possible.

'It was his home; we want to get in there to see what he saw, to breathe what he breathed,' Wong said, adding that fancy facilities would be unnecessary. 'Like the homes of other big stars in the world, fans simply want to see the place the star lived in.'

A seven-member adjudication panel, including representatives of the property owner, Lee's family, the three professional institutes, the Kowloon City District Council and the Hong Kong Tourism Board will examine the 160 entries.

Winners are expected to be announced early next year, with assessment based on creativity, feasibility, practicability and ease of construction, as well as how the design would harmonise with the neighbourhood.

The Commerce and Economic Development Bureau said the questions of how much the restoration would cost, who would be paying and how long it would take remained unanswered.


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