BRIGE DESIGN & ENGIN
The Hong Kong government has launched a design ideas competition today for the preservation of remnants of the Lung Tsun Stone Bridge.
Qualified professionals and the general public are invited to contribute innovative design concepts. The bridge was built between 1873 and 1875 with a total length of about 200m to serve as landing steps to the Kowloon Walled City for both the Qing Dynasty government officials and local public. A timber extension of about 80m was added in 1892 and later replaced by a concrete pier structure in 1910.
Subsequently, a section of the bridge and an adjacent pavilion were buried to make way for the development of Kai Tak Bund in 1924 while the remaining part was used as a pier for ferry services until 1930s. Subsequently, the rest of the bridge was demolished and buried under reclaimed land accommodating what later became Hong Kong International Airport, which closed in 1998. In 2008, the remnants of the bridge were unearthed during an archaeological investigation for development of the Kai Tak area.
Head of the Kai Tak office of the Civil Engineering & Development Department Sorais Lee, said that the corridor aims to preserve the bridge remnants in situ and display them for public viewing. "Through the competition we hope to receive design concepts that respect the historical value of the bridge and feature contemporary architectural elements, integrating the old and the new," she said.
The competition's theme is ‘Showcase of Lung Tsun’. Designs should focus on the preservation of the bridge and the revelation of its historical significance, while also integrating the corridor with adjacent developments and linking it with the Kowloon City District.
The competition is divided into a professional group and an open group. Participants in the professional group should be qualified professionals in the fields of architecture, engineering, landscape architecture, planning, urban design or surveying. The open group is open to the general public. Prizes equating to approximately US$50,0000, US$20,000 and US$13,000 willl be awarded to the first, second and third placed entries in the professional group, with approximately US$10,000, US$4,000 and US$2,500 going to the top three entries in the open group.
Registration for the competition will close on 18 October and entries are to be submitted from 14 to 18 November.
Further details at www.ltsb-design.hk/