How Hong Kong’s old Central Police Station became a thriving arts complex

Tai Kwun’s multi-disciplinary approach marks a new era for culture in the region


Past and present effortlessly mingle at Tai Kwun. Located on the site of Hong Kong’s former Central Police Station, the multi-disciplinary compound combines carefully-restored colonial buildings with soaring cubic structures by Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron. Tai Kwun’s bold architectural statement is reflected in its varied program, which focuses primarily on heritage, contemporary, and performing arts, but also features music, literature, and cinema.

A joint initiative from the Hong Kong Government and the Hong Kong Jockey Club, Tai Kwun reflects the region’s renewed interest in its own cultural legacy. It was conceived as an inclusive space of experimentation, where visitors come to meet, discover the latest developments in today’s visual arts, and learn about Hong Kong’s complex history.

In this new episode of Meet the Institutions, Tai Kwun’s Director Timothy Calnin and Head of Arts Tobias Berger introduce Hong Kong’s newest cultural landmark.

Camera: Laurent Segretier
Edit: Simon Ramseier
Sound: Thomas Rechberger
Production: Art Basel