On 29 June 2017, a Collaborative Agreement was signed by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and the Palace Museum on the development of the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). The HKPM will display artefacts of Chinese art and culture from the imperial collection of the Palace Museum. In addition, it will provide a valuable opportunity for collaboration with other museums in research and education, thereby strengthening Hong Kong’s position as a leading cultural metropolis.
As an important art and cultural facility that will be integral to the District, the Hong Kong Palace Museum will be operated and managed solely by the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority. The project has been made possible thanks to a generous donation from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.
The museum will have 7,600 square metres of gallery space dedicated to gold, bronze and jade items, paintings, and ceramic objects, as well as displays on life in the Imperial Court which will greatly enrich the District's visitor offering. Other museum facilities include a 400-seat lecture theatre, activity rooms, a restaurant and shop.
Based around a contemporary interpretation of classic Chinese visual and spatial aesthetics, the museum design builds on a concept of linked courtyards translated into a vertical series of atriums that draw the visitor upwards. Located adjacent to the Art Park and facing Victoria Harbour, the Hong Kong Palace Museum will provide a distinctive cultural bookend to the District at its western end that echoes the Xiqu Centre, with its focus on traditional Chinese theatre, at its easternmost point.
Design Consultant: Rocco Design Architects