Creating an iconic zero emission people-focused network for Hong Kong
Lead8’s vision to transform the contours of Hong Kong’s waterfront into an iconic 23 kilometre urban cycle, running and walking network
We are passionate about our home city of Hong Kong, and we are also motivated to create places for people. As architects and designers, we aim to futureproof for public transport, development flexibility, and secure an intangible “quality of life” for residents and visitors alike.

Our HarbourLoop study – a vision to transform the contours of Hong Kong’s waterfront into an iconic 23 kilometre urban cycle, running and walking network, reflects our commitment to Hong Kong and fuses our thinking on architecture and urban planning with our desire to make our home city a much more liveable place.

HarbourLoop is a safe, car free running, walking and cycling route that combines proposed and existing harbourfront spaces, unused land and elevated sections to overcome major infrastructure barriers. The objective is to maximise the use of the underutilised sites along the existing waterfront to create a route that integrates high quality public realm in a continuous journey around the circumference of Victoria Harbour.

HarbourLoop will run from Central along the north of Hong Kong Island right across to the Museum of Coastal Defence near Shau Kei Wan in the east. A 700 metre pedestrian and cycle bridge connects this revitalised eastern area with the village of Lei Yue Mun and the hills above, reusing and reconnecting the Kai Tak Airport site with the rest of Kowloon. For the west HarbourLoop crossing, a new deck overlooking the West Kowloon Cultural District will be connected to Central by a 1.5 kilometres long, 60 metre high cable car.

The route offers development opportunities for businesses, particularly where the route intersects with offices and existing residential and leisure districts. Linking major transport gateways with multiple entry and exit points, HarbourLoop also incorporates mixed-use ‘hubs’ and pit stops at every 1-2 kilometres, designated to facilitate the needs of daily commuters, with self-service beacons for bike storage, shops, showers and changing facilities, and waterfront restaurants and cafes at intervals.

HarbourLoop will be Hong Kong’s first mobility network prioritising zero emission modes of transit, connecting Hong Kong to Kowloon in a continuous loop. It is an opportunity to enhance Hong Kong’s livability ranking, and an approach to promote the economic, social and environmental benefits it can deliver to the city.  

For more information on HarbourLoop, please click here for the brochure.

Click here to watch a video for an in-depth look at HarbourLoop.


2018 – German Design Award (Excellent Communications Design: Urban Space and Infrastructure - Winner)

2016 – World Architecture Festival Awards (Future Projects: Civic - Finalist)

2016 – WAN Awards (Future Projects: Urban Design - Finalist)

Project Facts
GFA: 23 km
Designed: 2015
Projected Completion: Vision
Website: www.harbourloop.com

Team Credits
Lead8 – Masterplanning, Architecture, Branding
Buro Happold – Engineering advisors
CRECCHKI – Strategic advisors

Role in project
Urban Planning, Architecture, Branding

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