[HONG KONG] Alternative Car Park Tower

Project ///

The parking structure has captured the imagination of novelists, photographers and film-makers, an yet it remains peripheral to our culture - best understood as forbidding fictional setting or often as an imposing silent building that we encounter along the way.

Car parks are not very appreciate by users (too cold, too dark, too insecure etc.) and this competition hopes to offer a new take on this type of building that is far too quiet.

Hong Kong situated on China’s south coast and enclosed by the Pearl River Delta and South China Sea, is renowned for its expansive skyline and deep natural harbour. And with a population of seven million people, Hong Kong is one of the most densely populated areas in the world. Much of Hong Kong’s terrain is hilly to mountainous with steep slopes of which less than 25% of the territory’s landmass is developed and about 40% of the remaining land area is reserved as country parks and nature reserves.

The aim of this International competition is to design an iconic and Alternative Car Park Tower in the heart of Hong Kong. The new tower will include several possibilities for events such as concerts, art exhibitions, fashion shows, ceremonies dinners, cinematic projections, etc.

The architecture of this new building should reflect contemporary design tendencies, standing out for its uniqueness as a car park design, while meshing in with the surrounding Hong Kong urban tissue. This competition hopes to achieve the following:

_Encourage and reward design excellence on a large scale, which integrates function, structure, details, etc.
_Research, respond to and highlight the unique aspects of designing an original car park incorporating an alternative program.
_To generate the discussion of ideas regarding car park security and all the phobias associated with it such as fear of dark, dirty, cold, etc.
_Encourage the employment of sustainable design in all aspects of the proposal.

This is a single stage Competition with the aim of identifing the most appropriate proposal, which best satisfies the general and specific objectives of the contest.

This is an open international competition hosted by [AC-CA]™ to generate progressive contemporary design ideas. There are no plans for the Alternative Car Park Tower to be built. 

Media Sponsors ///

Schedule ///

_Competition Officially Announced - 15th June 2011

_Start of Competition and Early Bird registration - 1st July to 12th August 2011

_Late Competition Registration - 13th August to 15thOctober 2011

_Dead line for Questions  - 15th September 2011

_Closing Date for Submissions  - 15th October 2011

_Jury Evaluation - 19th October - 27th October 2011

_Announcement of Winners and posted on www.ac-ca.org -30th October 2011


Jury ///

_Sun Ji – Architect (Chinese)

_Cathal Curtin – Architect (Irish)

_Chazelle Elodie – Architect (French)


Prizes ///

Winning participants will receive prizes totaling US$ 5,400with the distribution as follows:



There will also be 7 honorable mentions 


1st Prize2nd Prize and 3rd Prize will be published in following magazines as well as on the [AC-CA]™ website:

• About:Blank Architecture Magazine (Portugal)

• wettbewerbe-aktuell Magazine (Germany)

• Blueprint Magazine (UK)

• Concept Magazine (Korea)

• Australian Design Review Magazine (Australia)

• Monitor International Magazine (Germany, France, Russia)

• aROOTS Magazine (France)

• Earch.cz Architecture Magazine (Czech Republic)

• Designboom Design Magazine (Italia)

• Hinge Architecture & Design Magazine (Hong Kong)


Questions & Reponses ///

Can I use the entire site or do we have to build the tower within certain boundaries of the site, some distance from the other buildings?
You can place your design anywhere within the allocated plot or use the entire site. Therefore, you are free to place your project anywhere within the site.

What is the dimension at the ground level of the Car Tower plot?
This information can be found in the downloaded CAD plan.

Is the use of car lifts allowed for this project?
Yes, you can use a car elevator mechanism or a combination of ramps and elevator mechanism.

Should the floor space index and building coverage according to Hong Kong regulation be considered?
No. This particular competition will ignore these regulations.

Are there any height limitations with regards to the building's mass (setbacks etc)?
There are no height restrictions.

Is the car park intended for self-park only or will it provide valet parking and tandem parking?
The car park will only offer self-park controlled by a ticket and pay barrier access.

Should there be a 50m2 public restroom on each parking floor?
No, the 50m2 restroom of which 25m2 for woman and 25m2 for men is only designated for the parking area. The multi-propose space, café-bar and the administration will have their own facilities.

Does the café-bar have to be location on the roof of the car park tower?
No, it can be located anywhere within the tower.

What do you mean by café-bar?
It is a lounge area that serves both alcoholic and hot beverages such as coffee, tea etc.

What you do mean by a160m2 plant room? And on what floor and where should it be located? What is the location in relation to the other spaces?
The plant room is designated space, which houses various lifts mechanisms, electricity system, etc. It should be at low level and ventilated.

Is it possible to build underground?
No. Underground parking space is not permitted for this competition, however a basement space can be used for the plant room only.

What is meant by “symphony of light” as mentioned in the design criteria section of the brief within the Image criteria of the tower?
All high towers near the Tsim Sha Tsui are part of a light show every night. Hong Kong’s night skyline is renown for this display. This is something that should be considered in your design. See link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rZEAm80OmOg

Is it possible to exit the plot area with cantilever structures?
Yes, this is absolutely fine.

I have registered for the competition but not yet received my registration number?
Participants received an email after registration and payment, if you have not received it please contact us.