The public has been asked to choose from three designs for the Kwun Tong redevelopment. All share four basic elements: Five residential blocks between 30 and 40 storeys at the northern part of the town centre with 2,000 flats; Office towers and hotels in the south, facing Kwun Tong Road; A pedestrianised Yue Man Square surrounded by government facilities, shops and offices; A large underground car park. Architectural firm Wong & Ouyang received harsh criticism when it revealed its model included a 280-metre high office and hotel tower. 'We have participated in all public forums and residents said they don't mind tall buildings but they want a landmark,' director Lam Wo Hei said, adding that the proposed skyscraper was slightly higher than the 200-metre APM shopping mall. 'The building will be close to APM and other existing high rises. They will form a cluster of tall buildings. By being slightly taller than the other towers, we will create a landmark for Kwun Tong without upsetting the design of the neighbourhood.' The firm proposes broadening roads surrounding the site to improve traffic flow. It has also promised that residential blocks would be separated so residents could enjoy views of a regenerated Yue Man Square. WDA Group's scheme stresses preservation of the town's narrow streets. Managing director Chow Wai-lee said: 'We will keep the existing lanes in our design. After talking to residents, we know people treasure the narrow streets.' The architect was referring to Tung Yan Street, Fu Yan Street and Yue Man Passage. People will enter Yue Man Square through these streets and shop along them. Keeping the streets adds ground-level entrances to the square on top of pedestrian footbridges linking the town centre with the rest of the district and creating extra commercial space. Low-rise shopping centres will surround the square, which will also feature an open-air theatre with an artificial waterfall. Ms Chow's design also incorporates a skyscraper taller than Sun Hung Kai's APM shopping mall. Architectural firm MLA's design puts the emphasis on government and community facilities. A major feature is the dome-shaped multi-purpose community centre that will stand in Hip Wo Street. 'Civic presence is important in our design. It is to let the public know we have them in mind,' MLA director Yuen Tak-chuen said. Mr Yuen hopes the redevelopment will make Kwun Tong more of a cultural area, so exhibition spaces for artists have been included at the shopping centres and hotel. Yue Man Square is surrounded by a five-storey podium level shopping centre.