ArchitectBing Thom Architects
Executive ArchitectRonald Lu Architects
The construction of the Xiqu Centre, the first building for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, marks the development of the area as an emerging cultural hub. The building itself symbolizes the rich heritage of Xiqu (Chinese Opera), and promotes the Xiqu tradition as a contemporary art form, making it accessible to new audiences and future generations.
The building’s striking entrance reinterprets the traditional Chinese Moongate motif within a dynamic facade. “Qi” or flow is expressed throughout the complex with curvilinear paths and forms. The architecture incorporates a generous amount of public leisure space, 2,000 square metres of training and education facilities, two high calibre auditoria for 1,100 and 400 seats and a traditional Tea House for performances for audiences of up to 280.
Front collaborated with the architects to find a unique cladding design and raw material finish that would satisfy the strong architectural idea of the building while minding the strict budgetary constraints of the project. Ultimately a raw aluminum alloy with high corrosion resistance was selected and finished in two different ways. The curtain wall back-pans have a randomized mechanical brush finish that is done by a custom built machine to process the large panels as a whole. A machine glass bead blasted finish over mill offers a subtle color difference from the back-pans and slightly softer appearance from afar. The fins are attached to the curtain wall panel on site through custom milled stainless steel brackets that are factory integrated into the curtain wall panel.