HarbourLoop, a vision to transform the contours of Hong Kong’s waterfront into an iconic 23 kilometre urban walking, running, and cycle network, was awarded the WINNER Honor in the Excellent Communications Design-Urban Space & Infrastructure category of German Design Award 2018 in Frankfurt, Germany on 9 February. Launched in 2012, the German Design Award is one of the world’s most renowned design competitions and commends projects that truly represent pioneering contributions to the international design landscape.
Lead8 developed HarbourLoop in 2015 with the aim to create a healthier Hong Kong, by forming the city’s first large-scale active mobility loop. Building on the firm’s experience in urban masterplanning and creating vibrant transit-oriented developments worldwide, Lead8 has developed a scheme that seeks to complement the current transport network by creating a safe, connected, traffic-free and legible active pathway along the edge of the Victoria Harbour to improve the connectivity, health and accessibility of the city.
The jury of German Design Award commended the project, “This spectacular project consolidates the entire shoreline of Hong Kong’s harbour into a contiguous recreational area. Hubs distributed around the HarbourLoop can be used as gathering places for cultural events, sports and gastronomy. A unique project that is within ten minutes’ walking distance for around 1.7 million people and that thus enhances the quality of life in Hong Kong.”
Lead8 Co Founder & Executive Director Simon Chua said, “HarbourLoop reflects Lead8’s commitment to Hong Kong. It is a very challenging and meaningful project for our team and we are very proud to receive this prestigious award”.
A continuous loop designed to follow the contours of the Victoria Harbour’s modern coastal geography, the route uses a combination of existing and proposed promenades and the spaces between. HarbourLoop offers sites along the route for various sports, community and cultural amenities as well as cafés, covered open space, cycle storage and facilities to support the needs of the community.
“HarbourLoop brings a new lease of life for neglected areas along the iconic Victoria Harbour and is a people-oriented approach that aims to raise the profile of Hong Kong as a healthy liveable city,” said Ian Ralph, Senior Associate Director of Lead8. “The creation of a safe, connected, and traffic-free active pathway along the water’s edge will allow pedestrians and commuters an alternative means to actively traverse the dense and congested city.”
The idea of a well-connected network, with flexible-use hubs of supporting facilities will create public open space and amenities for the surrounding communities. This will add a new layer to the map of Hong Kong offering locals and visitors an enjoyable and safe way of navigating the city. Lead8 look forward to the development becoming a reality in the near future and bringing a new edge to Hong Kong’s unique harbourfront.
HarbourLoop is a pro bono exercise undertaken by Lead8.
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