Cultural Centre Piazza

Tsim Sha Tsui, Kowloon
Hong Kong, Hong Kong

Contributed by Project for Public Spaces

One of the only pedestrian public spaces along the harborfront is a huge disappointment.

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Why It Doesn't Work

Located next to the bustling Star Ferry Terminal, the Cultural Centre Piazza is perhaps the most visible and accessible point in all of Hong Kong. It is also one of the only pedestrian public spaces along the harborfront. What a disappointment, then, to discover that the Cultural Center itself is a brutal, graceless monolith--a canker that completely repels people.

Although today most ferry riders ignore the space as they walk by, it wouldn't be too hard to attract more people and fulfill the promise of the site. Hong Kong's community and business leaders realize the need for improvement; in fact, at a recent workshop led by PPS, they proposed several ideas to turn it around.

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