Every architect dreams of designing a building that becomes an icon for an entire city, and this project is a superb realization of that goal. The jury lauded this accomplishment, calling the addition "stunning" and "really powerful." Newspaper advertisements promoting the city to businesspeople cite the building as the new symbol of Hong Kong's dynamism. The roof of the convention center addition evokes flight with a series of intersecting curved wings that are shaped by the requirements of the structure and by the clear span over the convention and upper exhibition halls. Metal and glass banding in the curtain walls reinforce the curved geometry and horizontal expression. The plan is organized to take advantage of the waterfront site's unparalleled views.
Public and circulation areas are located along the periphery of the building to maximize views of the harbor, while restaurants, shops and lobbies on the ground floor create continuous activity along the waterfront.