Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities, Hong Kong

Shortlisted competition entry, 2010.
Collaboration with KX-L, Cynthia Yutao Li, Jinwon Lee and Tri Nguyen.

Part of the 2009-2010 International Competition organized by the Hong Kong Highways Department to form a land terminal and transportation hub on 130 hectares of reclaimed land at the end of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. Aimed at creating a unified and identifiable form, ARRIVING WAVES was three canopies that collected the various programs and requirements, carefully organizing and separating different types of traffic, both incoming and outgoing from Hong Kong. Our entry was shortlisted and made it to the final stages of the competition.

Project Recognition

2014 – AIA Emerging Professionals Annual Exhibit, American Institute of Architects, Center for Emerging Professionals
2010 – Shortlisted Entry, Hong Kong Boundary Crossing Facilities Competition

Competition Text


As a gateway between Hong Kong and Macao, ARRIVING WAVES serves as a symbol of the entrance to the harbor, a border crossing and reconciliation between the rapid development and the fragile eco-system it resides in. The site is broken up into three parts, each with its unique canopy, differentiating the experiences of border crossing. The first canopy covers the passenger clearance zone, access paths and a translucent dome that serves as the passenger clearance building. The second and third canopies cover the inbound and outbound private vehicles and good vehicle. The canopies organize the site and serve 6 main purposes:

  • Create a unified iconic presence for ARRIVING WAVES within the Hong Kong harbor
  • Extend the experience of crossing the border from a line to a threshold
  • Cover the passenger clearance building and active screening of cars from rain and sun
  • Reduce the amount of exposed asphalt on the site to reduce the heat island effect
  • Organize a water collection and remediation system that cleans and controls the return of surface runoff to the Hong Kong harbor
  • Unify public areas, staff areas and service buildings within the site
Renderings: KX-L, Tri Nguyen