“The rebirth of WONDER BAY needs be a perfect union of program distribution, architectural elements, and ecological moments that provide both rehabilitation of the site and new sustainable environments. Equally, in the same way the old airport runway economically facilitated the city in the past, the same land area should also generate the same economic benefits through arts, technologies, and culture.”
Wonder Bay is designed to be a naturalized and reclaimed land area that will respond to both the memory of the old Kai Tak airport and the existing industrial art area. The living Art – the re-naturalized land - will transform through the year and during the development of the Kai Tak Development to support new activities and adapt to the new programs and activities.
Key public facilities and landscape will create tensions of polarity and contrast to allow for sustainable growth. The programs will draw the local residents to the site to enjoy the naturalized bay and also be a destination for tourists and new introduction to Hong Kong as they arrive from the Cruise Ship Terminal. Planned Event Plazas will create comfortable micro-environments for public events to happen 24 hours. During the day, outdoor sport activities will take place. During the night, epic performance such as fog screen display or light shows will keep visitors entertained.
Blending the boundaries between water, nature, and architecture; visitors will have a unique experience as they journey through the park. Having a low-rise cityscape integrated with nature, locals will also have a chance to rest from the density in city and enjoy the openness of the site. As a new benchmark for energy conservation and environmental sustainable design, the built environment will facilitate active, passive, and natural environmental performance and set a new paradigm for sustainable culture. With hybrid passive design, the master plan reduces energy intensity to help the governmental vision, reducing 25% of energy intensity by 2030.
- Client: Energizing Kowloon East Office (EKEO)
- Location: Kowloon, Hong Kong
- Site Area: 3HA
- Program: Masterplanning, Leisure, Sport, Hotel, Landscape
- Status: Competition
- Project Team: Erik Amir, Dora Chi, Carol Lau, Ryo Otsuka, Andrea Sze