Hong Kong’s old police HQ reborn as arts and heritage hub

Hong Kong Jockey Club had spent 10 years pursuing the 'heritage-led conservation plan'
Hong Kong Jockey Club had spent 10 years pursuing the ‘heritage-led conservation plan’ 

A former police headquarters compound in Hong Kong has been transformed into a world-class heritage and arts hub, Tai Kwun, in what’s said to be the largest heritage revitalisation project ever undertaken in the city.

Led by the Hong Kong Jockey Club in partnership with the Hong Kong government, the revitalisation involved the conservation of the heritage buildings and the addition of two new buildings, JC Contemporary, a gallery building with a contemporary art space, and JC Cube, an auditorium building for performing arts, film screenings and educational events.

Comprising 16 historic buildings and outdoor spaces on a 13,600m2 site in the business heart of Hong Kong, Tai Kwun is home to three declared monuments, the former Central Police Station, Central Magistracy and Victoria Prison. The local colloquial name used by police officers and the public alike to refer to the city’s Central Police Station, have borne witness to over 170 years of Hong Kong history.

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