Tai Kwun — Hong Kong's Centre for Heritage and Arts
Tai Kwun will present a wide range of heritage, contemporary art, performing arts and lifestyle experiences to the meticulously restored Central Police Station compound which comprises of three declared monuments, the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. What was once a closed-off part of Hong Kong will become an open and inviting new space for all to enjoy.
Through a partnership between the Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region and The Hong Kong Jockey Club, the decommissioned site is being restored and revitalised. Tai Kwun is the trading name of The Jockey Club CPS Limited, the not-for-profit operator set up by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust to manage the centre for heritage and arts at the revitalised site.
Tai Kwun will offer the best heritage and arts experiences to Hong Kong and strive to cultivate knowledge and appreciation of contemporary art, performing arts and history. Tai Kwun will offer a wide variety of cultural experiences, ranging from heritage, contemporary art, performing arts and workshops, with additional programmes from the shops and restaurants.
Opening Up a Closed Part of the City
The revitalisation project involved dedicated efforts from global teams of conservation specialists, researchers, architects and other professionals such as Herzog & de Meuron, Purcell and Rocco Design Architects Limited. With a deep respect for authenticity in materials, techniques and design, 16 heritage buildings and several outdoor spaces are being restored for adaptive reuse.
Two new buildings have been added to the site to house a world-class art gallery space and a 200-seat auditorium. Designed by the internationally renowned architectural practice Herzog & de Meuron, the new buildings’ façades draw inspiration from the granite walls surrounding the historic landmark. These new additions offer world-class venues to foster the city’s art and cultural landscape.
The two outdoor spaces, the Parade Ground and the Prison Yard, are also being restored, and will offer outdoor programmes and events. These areas will be two accessible tranquil space in the heart of Central for all to enjoy.
Location of Tai Kwun
Located in the heart of Central on Hong Kong Island, Tai Kwun's site is bordered on three sides by Old Bailey Street, Hollywood Road and Arbuthnot Road, while Chancery Lane runs along the southern (upper) prison wall.
Tai Kwun is situated in a vibrant and bustling part of the city centre, with easy access to other important heritage sites. Nestled between the skyscrapers of Central and Mid-Levels, Tai Kwun looks on to Hollywood Road, a busy street dotted with galleries, antique shops, restaurants and bars. The Central-Mid-Levels Escalator will be connected to the compound by a new footbridge to be constructed at the key intersection of Hollywood Road and Old Bailey Street in order to provide easier and more convenient access to the site.