Hong Kong’s Former Central Police Station is Now a Centre for Heritage and Arts

What was once the preserve of law enforcement officers and prison inmates has been carefully restored and reimagined as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Tai Kwun will now host theatrical performances, a collaborative site-inspired exhibition showcasing local and international artists, and much more besides.

Thanks to a 12-year landmark conversion project, Hong Kong’s former Central Police Station compound is no longer off-limits to the public.

What was once the preserve of law enforcement officers and prison inmates—including Vietnamese revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh, who was held here in the 1930s—has been carefully restored and reimagined as Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts.

Amid 16 historical structures, some dating back to the early 1860s, Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has inserted an auditorium and art gallery with perforated aluminum facades that recall the scale and repetition of the masonry on their older neighbors.

Tai Kwun will now host theatrical performances, a collaborative site-inspired exhibition showcasing local and international artists, and much more besides.

More information here.

This article originally appeared in the June/July 2018 print issue of DestinAsian magazine (“Arresting Development”).

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