The three models unveiled yesterday respond to some of the key messages coming from the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority's new leaders, in particular giving arts education greater prominence. Rem Koolhaas, of the Office for Metropolitan Architecture, said that under his plan a substantial part of the HK$21.6 billion budget for the project - somewhere less than half - would be used to cultivate culture rather than building facilities. 'We worked with financial consultant McKinsey and in the financial model we found ... surplus which enables us to ... make sure there is the money to stimulate the culture,' Koolhaas said. His team also proposed more production and educational facilities to replace some of the theatre space. Norman Foster had a similar vision, reducing theatre space to double the area for cultural education facilities to 32,000 square metres to provide for more low-cost rehearsal spaces, exhibition venues, a multimedia library, centre for the arts and creative industries and post-production facilities. The third team leader, Rocco Yim Sen-kee, was also keen to nurture culture in the city. 'We also wish to emphasise the importance of a cultural policy,' said Yim, who proposed a children's museum, practice facilities for xiqu, or Chinese opera, students, a community art college and open spaces for arts workshops. The three boast their own teams of cultural advisers from within and outside Asia. Yim's team includes local icons such as writer and cultural critic Leung Man-to, Edward Lam Yick-wah, who runs a popular theatre company, and Desmond Hui Cheuk-kuen, a cultural development professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. The unanimous emphasis on arts education is a response to appeals by the authority's chief executive, Graham Sheffield, for an education department or an education director to draw up strategies for the arts hub development, including forming alliances with existing institutes. Separately, a market analysis conducted by Deloitte Consulting Hong Kong and AMS Planning & Research Corp released yesterday recommended that West Kowloon should position itself as a xiqu centre, a Hong Kong theatre district and a music hub in the region. Among the 21 art forms featured in the report, dance, drama, xiqu and orchestral music would have the greatest growth potential, it said.