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What we do / Architecture / Mixed use / Xihongmen Mixed-use Development, Da Xing District
08 February 2019
Hong Kong West Kowloon Station by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas in running for MIPIM Awards 2019

Hong Kong West Kowloon Station, designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, is shortlisted for the prestigious MIPIM Awards 2019 in the category Best Mixed-use Development. The final winners will be determined on a 50/50 basis combining delegates’ votes cast on-site at MIPIM in Cannes, France, and the jury’s votes; and be announced on 14 March 2019 at the MIPIM Awards ceremony.

Handling passengers through border controls, this station is more akin to an airport than a mere underground train station. The approximate 400,000 square meters of usable floor area, however, ensures that the flow of the passengers is as smooth as possible.

Its design introduces over three hectares of ‘green plaza’ to the site. The outside ground plane bows down towards the entrance, whilst the roof structure above gestures towards the sky. The resulting space is a 45-meter high volume, whose energy and focus is directed towards the south façade, Hong Kong Central skyline and Victoria Peak beyond. People are furthermore encouraged to walk up on the station’s rooftop aligned with mature trees and shrubs and enjoy the new views and gain new connections with the city.

The interior of the hall is almost like a forest, with leaning steel columns supporting a giant floating roof and lifting up 4,000 glass panels to bring in natural daylight into the building and a glimpse of the city even from the lower levels of the station.

The architect was keen to bring on the sense of fluidity reflecting on the idea of various forces converging on a global city. Hong Kong West Kowloon Station has a strong civic element, acting as a new landmark with an immediate sense of arrival, fit for the site’s prominence on Victoria Harbour immediately adjacent to the future West Kowloon Cultural District. Its openness and people-centric, inclusive design will set the stage for the city’s bright and exciting future ahead.

Created in 1991, the MIPIM Awards is an internationally-renowned real estate competition at MIPIM. It honours the most outstanding and accomplished projects, completed or yet to be built, around the world, the very best of the real estate industry.