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HKICON Conservation Awards 2019 

The Hong Kong Institute of Architectural Conservationists (HKICON) announced the winners of the HKICON Conservation Awards 2019. This year, three winners were recognised for their outstanding work in built-heritage conservation and interpretation. Chaired by the HKICON Council, a panel of local and overseas conservation experts met to review six submissions spanning three categories — Restoration, Revitalisation and Interpretation. This year, the jury awarded two winners in the Interpretation category as a recognition of merit in their unique site-specific approaches and one winner in the Revitalisation category.

award winners

The three winning projects are:


Revitalisation category:

Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts

Purcell Architecture Limited, Purcell Asia Pacific Limited

Interpretation category:

Cattle Depot Art Park

Architectural Services Department

The Hong Kong Jockey Club Heritage Courtyard and Interpretation Centre

Hong Kong Jockey Club University of Chicago Academic Complex 

The University of Chicago, Francis and Rose Yuen Campus

Substance Lab Limited



Tai Kwun – Centre for Heritage and Arts

Location: 10 Hollywood Road, Central, Hong Kong


Revitalisation of the former Central Police Station as a centre for heritage and arts is proud validation of the city’s on-going efforts in area-conservation. Heroic transformation of the site embraced its multi-layered history through meticulous restoration of the built-heritage while activating open spaces for public use. Pushing the envelope of conservation, the project is an exemplar for adherence to standards of best practice, ensuring minimal intervention and reversibility. Recognised regionally for its excellence, the project is a triumphant model for Hong Kong’s promising future in conservation.

Photo source: Purcell Asia Pacific Limited



Cattle Depot Art Park

Location: 39 San Shan Road, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon

The noteworthy transformation of the former Ma Tau Kok Animal Quarantine Depot into an art park and venue for cultural activities rescues the site from a state of disuse and neglect. The new use is enriched by innovative interpretation measures which rejuvenate the place by using contemporary art to reference its historical function. Reversible interventions of various viewing portals enhance visibility of the preserved historical elements, while indicating their heritage significance for public appreciation. Endorsed by the district council, the project delivers the community’s demand for a recreational open space within the densely populated locale creating a much-needed user friendly urban amenity for Hong Kong.