WilkinsonEyre, Purcell and AGC Design to conserve Hong Kong’s landmark State Theatre

New World Development has appointed WilkinsonEyre and Purcell and AGC Design to conserve Hong Kong’s landmark State Theatre.

Opening in 1952, the Grade I Historic movie palace was the first in Hong Kong to host live world-class theatrical and musical performances, as well international film screenings, and is the oldest in the city.

Together the team will conserve and restore the 68-year-old building, including a relief mural by late contemporary Chinese artist Mei Yutian and the skeletal concrete arch beam roof which is unique to Hong Kong’s cityscape, and re-build a cultural focus that serves the North Point area community.

Adrian Cheng, CEO of New World Development, said: “Following last year’s launch of our art and design district Victoria Dockside, we are delighted to embark on another transformation project that is historically and architecturally significant to Asia. The State Theatre is one of the last standing cultural icons of Hong Kong and together with our international team, we will do our best to conserve and restore this iconic building to its original glamour and build a cultural oasis that serves the community.”