The West Kowloon Terminus under the Hong Kong Section of the Express Rail Link project
Hong Kong / PRC
Completion year
Gross area of the entire development
380,000 sq m
Design Director
As the “gateway” to Hong Kong, the design by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas is considered vital to connect the station with the surrounding urban context and make one aware that whether arriving or departing – “You are in Hong Kong”.  In order to do this, the design compacted all of the supporting spaces more efficiently to allow for a very large void down into the departure hall below.  The outside ground plane bent down to the hall and the roof structure above gestures toward the harbor.  The result is an around 40 metres high volume which focuses all attention through the south façade toward views of the Hong Kong Central skyline and Victoria Peak beyond.
The site’s prominence immediately adjacent to the future West Kowloon Cultural District and next to the Victoria Harbour required a design which was completely motivated by civic demand.  Enriching the challenge was the reality that there would be approximately 294,000 square metres of future topside development and the design has taken this into account and provides appropriate enabling works.
Space has also been reserved for facilities on customs, immigration and quarantine in the current station design to cater the actual needs for future operations of customs and immigration as decided by the government.
Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Awards 2015
Finalist, Best Future Building of the Year – Under Construction
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Awards 2015
MIPIM Architectural Review Future Projects Awards 2015
High Commended, Big Urban Projects category
World Architecture News (WAN) Transport Award 2012
The Chicago Athenaeum, International Architecture Awards 2012
Leading European Architects Forum (LEAF) Awards 2012
Finalist, Best Future Building of the Year
MIPIM Awards 2012
Best Futura Mega Project
China’s Outstanding Architectural Design & Planning Award 2011
Gold Award, Best Design Award
Cityscape Awards for Architecture in Emerging Markets 2010
Winner, Future Tourism, Travel & Transport Projects
Highly Commended, Future Commercial / Mixed Use Projects
World Architecture Festival Awards 2010
Winner, Future Infrastructure Projects
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