Recognizing and Activating: park integrating the city
The design rethinks Hong Kong based on her history and future. It recognizes the challenges of the site and focuses on new ways of connecting human activities in the city as well as the historical and the modern centre with nature by various view corridors and bridges.
Conjugating: public space links with public use
Like a Ligase, the design cuts space and use into pieces by its urban context. It promotes strategic, high-ambitious projects as Hong Kong’s “Guggenheim Museum, Bilbao” to exhibit her leadership in modern lifestyle, teenage culture, media entertainment and modern buildings, and defines the waterfront as a joint point for cultural activities and nature.
Protein Ligase: one park changes the city
With its diverse public uses and public spaces, the Central Waterfront Park recomposes a new lease of life, where people participate in a much broader ecological and cultural system. As a result, the park will give rise to as spin-off, producing a through transformation of Hong Kong with a vibrant waterfront.
For economic and function value, the Central Waterfront Park covers an area of approximately 150,000 m² (including all the other uses), which will host hundreds of events in its full season of use. If visitors can stay for another night in Hong Kong, it will create revenue of 21.94 billion (according to 2006 tourism statistics).
The Park is made up of a series of varied, flexible and programmable spaces for both tourists and local people, with a diverse character of paved plazas, lawns, native plantings, meandering pathways and a man made beach.
The great lawn, civic plaza is designed to host popular gathering events and provide vast flexible playground, while the urban forest, stage, terraced lawn, stairs, music fountain and the beach will meet the need of different groups of age, occupation and activities.
A combination of public and private money will be used for the park. Tools for raising park and open space revenues will be diverse and continually expanding: Bonds, Local income tax, sales, property tax, "quality of life" sales tax, donations, user fees and impact fees, as well as different types of special sources. A central waterfront funds will be created to sustain the development and maintenance of the park.
A private, nonprofit organization will be founded to manage the Park under a contract with Hong Kong government in the future, which will work with corporations, foundations, and the government agencies to take care of the Park.
The park will employ many new technologies. It will offer free wireless Internet access, which will be first largest Public Park in Asia to offer such access.
The planning, development and management of the park will embrace the principles of sustainable development and green design. New technology and materials will be implemented here.