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West Kowloon arts hub

M+ architects wanted to design a building worthy of the art inside

An artist's impression of the M+ lobby and "found space".

To some, the minimalist inverted T-shape of Hong Kong's planned M+ visual culture museum is an elegant urban statement. To others, perhaps expecting an architectural spectacle more like the iconic Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, it appears disappointingly understated.

Monday, 23 February, 2015, 6:31am

Hong Kong's arts hub needs the support of all stakeholders

Hong Kong's arts hub needs the support of all stakeholders

No infrastructure project in the city has a more troubled history than the West Kowloon Cultural District. Beset with planning problems, overblown budgets and merry-go-round personnel changes.

13 Feb 2015 - 7:13am 4 comments

A Hong Kong arts project that's bad for your health

West Kowloon arts hub CEO Michael Lynch is leaving.

Being associated with the West Kowloon arts hub must be bad for your health. First CEO Graham Sheffield left in 2011 after just five months on the job, citing ill health.

12 Feb 2015 - 6:48am 7 comments

West Kowloon arts hub CEO Michael Lynch resigns citing personal reasons

Ronald Arculli, Michael Lynch, Chief Executive of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, Carrie Lam Cheng Yuet-ngor, Chief Secretary for Administration, meet the press in West Kowloon. Photo: May Tse

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority CEO Michael Lynch will step down in August for personal reasons, triggering a search for his successor at the arts hub.

11 Feb 2015 - 2:34am 19 comments

Make West Kowloon Cultural District an underground city, say lawmakers

Helena Wong feels basement can offer more.Photo: Jonathan Wong

The HK$23 billion basement in West Kowloon Cultural District should house people as well as traffic say some lawmakers, who have proposed an underground city, providing retail and other services, connecting the arts hub to the neighbouring area.

But the government said doing so would mean digging deeper into the ground and would increase the bill that the taxpayer would have to foot.

13 Jan 2015 - 1:14am 1 comment

Freespace fair in West Kowloon lets audience join in on the action

Three-year-old Chun Chun helps spin a giant web as part of the Tangle installation by Australia's Polyglot Theatre. Photo: Sam Tsang

Three giant "seagulls" marauded through picnickers, stealing tissues and snaffling food at the West Kowloon waterfront promenade, but rather than a pest issue, it was a performance.

23 Nov 2014 - 7:18am

West Kowloon park needs a life of its own to attract people

The West Kowloon park will now have an outdoor stage, a black box performance space and an arts pavilion. Photo: AFP

It was probably inevitable that the budget for the West Kowloon Cultural District park would be cut. With projected cost overruns for the arts hub, Norman Foster's vision of an urban forest has now been replaced with a series of open lawns.

22 Aug 2014 - 1:46am 2 comments

West Kowloon Cultural District will enrich lives of generations to come

A special venue lends excitement to a performance and brings in new members of the audience. Photo: AFP

Impatience over long delays is giving way to doubts that the West Kowloon Cultural District is even needed.

6 Aug 2014 - 4:00am 6 comments

West Kowloon park bosses urged to scrap list of 'restrictive' by-laws

An artist's impression of one of the pavilions that will sit within the 23 hectare park. Photo: SCMP

Planned by-laws covering the future West Kowloon park should be torn up and the public given the right to decide how the open space is used, according to a call by some 20 concern groups.

4 Aug 2014 - 8:51am 5 comments

Plan for new M+ firm met with doubt

West Kowloon Cultural District Authority CEO Michael Lynch says the proposed structure is an important step to put M+ in line with museums around the world.

Lawmakers have voiced concern over an "ambiguous" plan to set up a subsidiary company with an independent board to run the West Kowloon museum.

24 Jul 2014 - 5:11am

Call for 'arts lovers' only to serve on board of West Kowloon Cultural District

Call for 'arts lovers' only to serve on board of West Kowloon Cultural District

The board of the West Kowloon Cultural District should be thoroughly reviewed and chaired by an independent figure instead of the chief secretary.

21 Jul 2014 - 8:51am 3 comments

Time to rethink the vision for West Kowloon?

Illustration: Lau Ka-kuen

Sixteen years after the idea of building an arts and cultural district on reclaimed land in West Kowloon emerged, the site that promises to transform Hong Kong's cultural development is finally taking shape.

21 Jul 2014 - 6:21am 11 comments

West Kowloon planners should showcase the art of walking

The cultural district can be a catalyst that transforms West Kowloon into a pedestrian-friendly area. Photo: Edward Wong

Amid the squabbles about the basement at the West Kowloon arts hub, you might have missed what was happening above ground, and recent Legislative Council discussions about integrating the cultural district with its surrounding areas.

11 Jul 2014 - 2:06am 1 comment

Robert Miller's HK$100m gift to Asia Society highlights arts funding woes

Illustration: Henry Wong

When Duty Free Shoppers founder Robert Miller donated HK$100 million to the Asia Society Hong Kong Centre last month, the news stunned the cultural sector.

29 Jun 2014 - 6:49pm 1 comment

West Kowloon arts hub delays threaten to choke Hong Kong drama and music

Plays that sell a lot of tickets, such as Equus, starring Hins Cheung, can't get big enough venues or long enough runs to do more than break even, if that. Photo: SMP Pictures

After award-winning actor Anthony Wong Chau-sang and Canto-pop star Hins Cheung King-hin took a final bow before a full house at the Amphitheatre of the Academy for Performing Arts on June 1, the cast and crew of Equus was relieved, a producer said.

8 Jun 2014 - 6:51am 5 comments