Sunny Development may be the cultural hub contender with the highest development density, but it says its proposal leaves the harbourfront open to the people. Its plans include a large waterfront park, which it claims will rival Hyde Park in London and Central Park in New York. Sunny spokesman and Sino Land executive director Yu Wai-wai said the proposal also reserved more land for the city's art and cultural development than the other contenders. Sunny sees West Kowloon as laying the groundwork for further arts and cultural development. Mr Yu said: 'From the macro point of view, the government should lead arts and cultural development. West Kowloon will create an atmosphere.' Sunny Development, a consortium of Sino Land, Wharf (Holdings) and Chinese Estates Holdings, is bidding against Dynamic Star International, a joint venture between Cheung Kong (Holdings) and Sun Hung Kai Properties; and the World City Cultural Park, a Henderson Land subsidiary. 'We have the highest plot ratio, but we will leave the most expensive part of the site for a public park. We will just take the strip near the typhoon shelter and Canton Road [for development]. Hong Kong will have more arts and cultural space under our plan.' Mr Yu said that, as already promised, the group would lower its proposed plot ratio - the formula that determines development density - from the present 4.3. On top of what the government requires, Sunny proposes building a 1,750-seat concert hall and a recital hall for individual and chamber music. It says this will give the cultural hub a world-class infrastructure to cover many different forms of performance. Sunny plans to build a park above the museums and theatres with the slogan, 'Park in the sky, culture on the water' and has dubbed the project Park of Arts, Recreation and Culture. As appreciating nature is the theme of the project, the designers modified the canopy - required under the original design concept - from a massive structure to a light, skin-like but weatherproof decoration. 'We don't want to have a huge steel structure in the park. For us, it will be a place where people can get close to nature; celebrate sunshine, trees, flowers and lawns.' Instead of following the government' recommendation on having a museum cluster and a theatre cluster, Sunny will mix museums and theatres along the harbour. It thinks every museum and theatre should have a distinct personality, and the personality should not be restricted to the building's interior. Sunny wanted visitors to feel the mood before they reached the buildings.