Renowned architect says buildings themselves could distinguish project The West Kowloon Cultural District would 'survive very well' without its controversial giant canopy, according to world-renowned architect Cesar Pelli. Mr Pelli - whose works include the IFC towers in Central and the Petronas Twin Towers in Kuala Lumpur - said people enjoying their time in the cultural district would not be aware of the canopy. Mr Pelli has designed a theatre complex for Henderson Land Development Co's proposal for the project. He said proposals from the other two bidders - Dynamic Star International and Sunny Development - lacked details concerning the design of buildings under the canopy. Mr Pelli's design for the theatre complex consists of overlapping and interlocking glass panels up to 70 metres high. 'When you walk under a canopy, you forget about it. What you see are the theatres and museums. The canopy is above you. You won't feel it. It is like a big umbrella. The canopy is important when you see it from The Peak.' He added: 'The projects would survive very well without the canopy because you can still distinguish [the cultural hub] with the buildings.' Designed by Lord Foster, the giant canopy has been cited by the government as a key reason for adopting the controversial single-developer approach for the 40-hectare project. Lawmakers and cultural activists have urged the government to scrap the canopy. Mr Pelli said Hong Kong was an exciting city with fine buildings, such as the Bank of China building, the HSBC headquarters, the Hong Kong Exhibition and Convention Centre, and One Peking Road. 'But two things - parks and cultural facilities - are missing,' he said. 'You sense it when you come to Hong Kong.' These were important symbols for a city, he said, pointing out that theatres and museums were what made London and Paris world capitals. He said the West Kowloon project provided a great opportunity for designers to make their mark with something that would become an icon in Hong Kong. 'It will be a very good place for people to concentrate on different activities with some wonderful public space.' Mr Pelli said the other two proposals for the cultural hub were lacking in details. 'They are missing a point. I cannot see any buildings under the canopy [in their model]. For going to a theatre and a museum, I think all I see is a door. I would like to see the museums and theatres with their own image and presence.' He also said Sunny Development's plan to build a park above museums and theatres was not feasible. 'The park is too large. With nothing up there, there is a limit to how much you can do by walking on top of the buildings.'