Hong Kong Harbor Master Plan Competition

There are three sites facing each other on the Hong Kong Bay linked together with beams of light whenever activity among the buildings coincides. A family of lighting objects, such as bamboo light sticks, floating balloon fixtures, and stone elements provide ambient lighting on various scales. Additionally, architectural elements are lit from within to create a glow.


During those moments when the activity on two of the three sites correspond, a beam of light will shoot into the air from each site above the harbour. A 3-dimensional visual connection, link and dialogue is created, bridging both sides of the harbour. When there is corresponding activity on all three sides, the beams will create a prism, which will act as an iconic gateway into Hong Kong.

This lighting spectacle will occur only on special occasions and will have a spectacular impact, visible from all parts of the city.

Location Hong Kong
Date Completed 2004
Architect SOM
Architect Arquitectonica
Architect Wong & Ouyang
Landscape Architect Swa Architecture
Architect Gehry Partners, LLP
Developer Swire Properties
Client Swire Properties
Type Exterior + Landscapes Masterplans
Status Competition

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes