As the future pre-eminent destination for the dance performing arts in the Kowloon/Hong Kong area, the 24,296 m2 Lyric Theatre includes a 1,200-seat main auditorium, retail/dining/entertainment elements, resident company facilities, rehearsal stages, fly tower, VIP Clubhouse, Café and Outdoor Amphitheatre, loading, service and other technical support spaces. In addition to the primary focus on dance, the Lyric Theatre will house other visual performance forms, including drama, Western opera, musical, and other events.
The design accomplishes its functional role as well as its symbolic role, by creating an important new performing arts venue and creative catalyst to the entire West Kowloon Cultural District fabric. The glazed volumes allow the excitement and energy of the interior performing activities to be transparent and easily visible to pedestrians on the outside. The main public gathering spaces are located to the south, overlooking the Waterfront Promenade with spectacular views of the Hong Kong skyline. An iconic glazed element is projected at the podium level, accommodating the VIP Clubhouse, Café and Outdoor Amphitheatre. The performing stages optimize flexibility while employing the latest state-of-the-art technologies for lighting, sound, communications, rigging and stage lifts.