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Tai Kwun – The Next Generation of Urban Cultural Destinations

In late 2011, Marc & Chantal was appointed by the Hong Kong Jockey Club to be creative partners for the Central Police Station revitalization project. In May 2018, the site opened to the public as the ‘Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage & Arts’.

Featuring a cluster of heritage buildings inside the former Central Police Station Compound, as well as two new structures designed by acclaimed Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron,
Tai Kwun is an urban cultural destination that is deeply woven into the fabric of the city.

Our collaboration began over 6 years ago, when we developed an experiential model, overall vision, brand strategy, name and visual identity for the site. We described a space for all; one that seamlessly combines Hong Kong heritage, world-class contemporary art with unique leisure and commercial facilities.

Our scope was later extended to include a comprehensive and multi-layered wayfinding scheme, and site-wide Heritage Interpretation – meaning shaping and designing the narrative environments spread out throughout the site as permanent exhibition spaces – the scope included a visitor centre and shop as well.

It has definitely been a long and challenging journey, and we have been thrilled to witness Tai Kwun’s opening being met with such enthusiasm and interest by the public. We believe that Tai Kwun marks the start of a new era, setting a standard for cultural projects in Hong Kong and beyond.

Watch the video to take a sneak peek behind the scenes of Marc & Chantal’s interview and tour of Tai Kwun Centre for Heritage and Arts!

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