The revitalized Tsim Sha Tsui waterfront provides a holistic vision for Hong Kong’s harbourfront, with extensive waterfront access, urban and pedestrian connectivity, and an exciting public balcony and central space to view the harbor and skyline. The new public realm features Salisbury Garden and the 500-meter-long Avenue of Stars, which collectively provide 3.6 acres of public open space.
Prior to this revitalization, the site was disconnected and offered few amenities. Working closely with the community, stakeholders, and planning agencies, the design team created a more open, interconnected, and dynamic sequence of spaces that significantly enhance the public experience and support programming and events. The design provides a waterfront promenade that rolls up and down along the water’s edge, with a dramatic railing, granite paving, wood seating, sculptural shade trellises, lush greenery, atmospheric lighting and a performance space backed by generous lawns, gardens, and innovative planted walls. A number of statues, handprints, and other elements showcase Hong Kong cinema and theatrical arts.
The new Avenue of Stars and Salisbury Garden integrate sustainable materials and both have achieved SITES Gold certification, with the Avenue of Stars as China’s first outdoor space to be awarded Gold. The waterfront promenade includes seawall cladding that reduces wavebreak action, designed to protect the shore in the face of rising tides and extreme storms. With more than 5 million visitors including both locals and visitors from around the world, the project has become a major new destination in Hong Kong, revitalizing this area economically, ecologically, and culturally.
New World Development Company Limited (Project Manager), James Corner Field Operations (Project Lead & Design Landscape Architect), URBIS Limited (Executive Landscape Architect), Ronald Lu & Partners (Executive Architect), Leisure and Cultural Services Department, Hong Kong (Owner), Eckersley O’Callaghan (Structural Engineer for Garden Trellis and Event Trellis), LAAB Architects (Design Architect for Harbour Kiosk, Mobile Carts, Garden Restroom), KPF Associates (Design Architect for Glass Entrance Structure, Salisbury Garden), Speirs + Major (Lighting Design), One Bite Design Studio (Loose Furniture Design), Ove Arup & Partners Hong Kong (Structural Engineer for Salisbury Garden), CM Wong & Associates Ltd. (Structural Engineer for Avenue of Stars), WSP (MEP Engineer), Pentagram (Branding & Wayfinding), Ho Wang SPB Limited (Traffic Consultant), Arup (Sustainability Consultant), Rider Levett Bucknall / Arcadis (Quantity Surveyor), New World Construction Company Limited (Contractor)