Tai Kwun, recently opened in May 2018, is Hong Kong’s latest arts & heritage venue. It is the largest in scale and the most expensive heritage conservation project to date in Hong Kong.
The compound is formed by 18 buildings, 16 of which were once the Central Police Station, Central Magistracy, and Victoria Prison. These buildings were built during early years of British ruling in Hong Kong, way back in the 1800s. They have been well preserved, and are now revitalised into galleries, retail spaces, and restaurants. There are two new buildings that are now home to a contemporary arts gallery and performing arts auditorium.
Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron – the same guys who designed Tate Modern and the Beijing National Stadium (the Bird Nest) – was behind the design of Tai Kwun.
This staircase inside JC Contemporary is the latest addition to the many Instagram hotspots in Hong Kong.
Personally, I am certainly very pleased that there’s finally something LIT in Hong Kong that truly incorporates colonial architecture and contemporary urban life. As an arts and heritage lover, I’m so very happy that there’s finally a major culture venue that actually holds large scale events. It looks like this is only the beginning to Hong Kong’s development of arts & culture – better late than never? I have very high hopes, keep up the good work!
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