Building is underway on a world-class facility for dance performances and arts organizations: the first of its kind in Hong Kong. The new Lyric Theatre Complex will be a creativity powerhouse capable of hosting performers from Asia and around the world with its 1,450-seat venue, 600-seat Medium Theatre, 200-seat Studio Theatre and Resident Company Centre – a collaboration hub for Hong Kong’s dance companies to explore, develop and collaborate on their craft.
Scheduled for completion in 2023, the Lyric Theatre Complex is being built on the waterfront at the western end of the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD) and will be an inviting and vibrant creative space for performers and public alike. UNStudio (Netherlands) and AD+RG (Hong Kong) designed extensive glass windows to capitalize on the sweeping views of the Victoria Harbour. Along with the large theater, halls and roof garden and rehearsal studios, the complex will include offices, restaurants, a roof garden an internal walkway that takes visitors from the waterfront to Artist Square and waterfront promenade.
Because the Lyric Theatre Complex was being built on reclaimed land consisting of sand infill on deep soft marine clay deposits, the tender stipulated the basement required waterproofing sufficient to resist 13.8 bar water head pressure (200 psi) on the negative side. Additionally, any waterproofing material used could not contain corrosion promoting ingredients.
Why Kryton’s product was chosen
The team successfully approached Senior Management of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority and persuaded them to consider KIM® as the crystalline waterproof concrete
admixture, supplying them with international job references and recommendation letters. Krystol Internal Membrane™ (KIM®) easily satisfied and exceeded performance requirements dictated by the tender.
How the challenge was solved
West Kowloon Cultural District Authority can rest assured that the concrete treated with KIM® additive will remain dry and durable, protecting the unique Lyric Theatre Complex and its cultural performances well into the future.