The Victoria Dockside project concerns the site of Tsim Sha Tsui, a part of the Holt’s Wharf waterfront that was used from the early 20th century as a goods and logistics hub and helped to make Hong Kong one of the busiest ports in the world. The master plan devised by New York firm Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) aims to transform the site into an art and design district, building on the major cultural installations already in place: the Hong Kong Cultural Centre, which opened on the waterfront in 1989, the Museum of Art (1991), and the Avenue of Stars, which has been one of the city’s most popular destinations since it opened in 2003.

The task of landscaping and developing the public spaces has been handed to the architectural firm James Corner Field Operations. There are plans for a promenade on a seawall, including green spaces, shaded areas and numerous benches to attract the public and afford panoramic views of the city and docks.

Courtesy: James Corner Fields Operations
Courtesy: James Corner Fields Operations

The promenade and the reinforced infrastructure of the seawall are designed to act as a breakwater and mitigate the impact of storms. The seawall is covered with specially formed prefab concrete and interlocking panels for improved structural resistance. The effects of typhoons are also attenuated by the use of concrete pavers that are resistant to underwater conditions. A trellis structure will also act as a windbreaker.

Courtesy: James Corner Fields Operations
Courtesy: James Corner Fields Operations
Courtesy: James Corner Fields Operations