Hong Kong’s Tamar Government Complex Honored for Design Excellence
The project received an “Outstanding Award” in the 2017 International Federation of Landscape Architects’ Asia-Pacific Region Awards.
The IFLA honored Tamar Park in the “Cultural and Urban Landscape” category. Barry Day, regional leader of planning in Hong Kong, accepted the award for HOK on Nov. 4 at the IFLA ASIA-PACIFIC regional congress in Bangkok, Thailand.
HOK’s design creates a new public space in a prominent location within Hong Kong’s famously dense central business district and along Victoria Harbour. At the heart of the landscape plan is the Central Government Headquarters, which functions as the seat of Hong Kong’s government. The team structured the design around clear, socially relevant concepts intended to transform people’s perceptions about government and promote civic engagement.
Since opening in 2012, Tamar Park has become a popular destination for events ranging from intimate gatherings beneath the shade trees and community fitness classes to large music festivals that animate the whole space. The expansive green lawns offer a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Commented the IFLA jury: “In land-scarce Hong Kong, this is an exceptional public space project that has responded well to the challenging brief to transform a densely-built complex to have enjoyable open green public space. This development demonstrated the benefit of engaging landscape architects as part of the multidisciplinary team from concept stage to construction completion and the landscape architect’s professional services have significantly influenced the design outcome. This is exemplary for a government building, user-friendly and well-executed.”