2019 North Point Harbour Conceptual Design Competition, Hong Kong
Professional Group - Winner
Eastern District Office
Like various parts of Hong Kong, the urbanscape of North Point Harbour though rich in culture and history, is slowly succumbing to decay and lack of maintenance. Located in the Eastern strip of Hong Kong Island, the district has its share of historical wares, cultural landmarks and important pockets of social activity. Other than its social significance, the North Point Harbour is largely an underused and underdeveloped waterfront property with a major transportation hub with a bus terminus, 2 existing piers, a tram terminus and MTR stop. To prevent the identity of the North Point area from slowly fading away, we have taken certain steps to revitalize as well as develop the existing conditions of the North Point Harbour.
An analysis of the positive and negative aspects of the existing site gives rise to our design aims and considerations. One distinct strategy which we chose to undertake is making many small-scaled proposals, to maintain the intimacy and scale of the existing site, instead of imposing one large-scaled development. We intend to have a greater integration of various forms of activities, thus taking steps to combine ‘live, work and play’.
Through our design interventions, we encourage a greater connection, both visual and physical, between the inland and the waterfront. Although currently there is a vibrant social network within the street market and Java Road Market Building, it is rather small and concentrated. We want to extend this public realm towards the waterfront with improved pedestrian conditions, open plazas and different residential and commercial activities. An extension of the tram line would serve to facilitate the movement of tourist towards the waterfront. The two existing piers as well as the bus terminus, important landmarks to the area, would undergo revitalization through the addition of restaurants and boardwalk activities, allowing a greater relationship to the water, as well as to promote longer hours of activity.
In identifying the lack of greenery, we decided to consolidate smatterings of green pockets into a specific green node. A community park with a new Cantonese Opera Academy is thus proposed, marrying nature and culture. Through the above interventions, we seek to revive the art of Cantonese opera and augment the strong and unique character of North Point.