New World Development, a leader in property, retail and hotel development, last year announced its plans for Victoria Dockside, a $2.6 billion, 3 million square foot art and design district, on the promenade of Hong Kong’s Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront.
Set to fully open in 2019, the mixed-use development will offer Grade A office space, an ultra-luxury Rosewood Hotel, Rosewood Residences, and premier art, design and leisure experiences with views of Victoria Harbor and Hong Kong Island.
But in April, 2018, Victoria Dockside’s newest event, #MakeWaves, is set to begin. It will take place at the K11 ATELIER, a creative workspace in the new Victoria Dockside neighborhood, set to reinvigorate the area, and create a top destination for both Hong Kong residents and its 60 million annual visitors. K11 Atelier is the first office tower under the K11 brand, whose office space opened late last year. The luxury hotel and residences, Rosewood Hong Kong, part of the Victoria Dockside development, is set to open in winter 2018
“We are committed to pushing new frontiers with Victoria Dockside,” said Adrian Cheng, K11 Founder, Executive Vice-Chairman and General Manager of New World Development. “It will offer a kaleidoscope of experiences against the backdrop of one of the most impressive views in the world. This new district will provide a space for local and international visitors alike to find sanctuary amid the chaos of everyday life.
“Our vision is to make waves at this world-class destination by providing a blank canvas for artists, designers and businesses to maximize their creativity and help build one of the most exciting new neighborhoods of tomorrow.”
Disruptive, highly charged, creative visions like this are not new to Adrian Cheng, as his interests and goals have already involved the arts. He is the founder of the K11 Art Malls, curated platforms for young Chinese artists to display their work. The Art Malls are spaces for viewers and visitors to see works of contemporary art, as well as better understand the more nuanced, contemplative meanings of the art works and exhibits themselves. Mr. Cheng’s interests in the art world are now being blended into architectural innovation and heritage, with Victoria Dockside being the newest project that combines this significant unity.
The Victoria Dockside masterplan was created by acclaimed architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), renowned landscape architect James Corner Field Operations (JCFO) in collaboration with Adrian Cheng and over 100 designers and consultants across the globe.
Victoria Dockside is built on the site formerly known as Holt’s Wharf – a terminal next to the Kowloon and Canton Railway in Tsim Sha Tsui. Dating back to 1910, Holt’s Wharf served as a global freight and logistics hub, connecting the city to the world. The site helped establish Hong Kong’s reputation as the gateway to the Far East and played a major role in the city becoming the busiest port in the world.