A sparkling showcase

Balancing time, beauty and budget on the Hong Kong Palace Museum



A ceramic headrest made more than a millennia ago, a jade imperial seal from the Qing dynasty, and a poem written on paper by Emperor Huizong in the 11th century… Such treasured objects demand a building of rare beauty to match, and the new Hong Kong Palace Museum does not disappoint.

Designed by renowned Hong Kong architect Rocco Yim, the seven-storey museum is a fresh, contemporary interpretation of Chinese culture – and RLB offered fresh perspectives to bring this building to life.

With a 17,000 sqm footprint and a total floor area of around 44,000 sqm, the museum boasts nine galleries, a 400-seat auditorium, activity rooms, restaurants, shops and offices. The stunning façade resembles an ancient Chinese cauldron while the three atriums echo the spatial configuration of the Forbidden City’s central axis.

At a glance

  • Client
    West Kowloon Cultural District Authority
  • Services
    Cost Management & Quantity Surveying
  • sector
    Public & Civic
  • Location
    Hong Kong, China