M+ Museum of Visual Culture in West Kowloon Cultural District team secured
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has announced the appointment of Herzog & de Meuron + TFP Farrells to design the building of M+, the museum for visual culture, in the West Kowloon Cultural District (WKCD). The team will work with the WKCDA over the next four years to design and deliver a world-class facility to house Hong Kong's future museum for 20th and 21st century visual culture, scheduled for completion in 2017.
Announcing the appointment after approval by the WKCDA Board in a meeting last week, Chairman of the Board, Mrs Carrie Lam, said: "We are thrilled that a world renowned architect will now take up the design of a flagship facility in the district, supported by a leading practice in Hong Kong. The WKCDA, together with the design team, will continue to engage the arts community to ensure detailed designs of the building would meet their requirement and anticipations."
Situated on the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour at the edge of the 14-hectare Park, M+ will be one of the first batch of arts and cultural venues to be completed in the WKCD. Principally it will be a museum for the people of Hong Kong, firmly rooted in the location and its culture, which provides a Hong Kong perspective, with a global vision, expanding to other regions of China, Asia and the rest of the world. M+ will provide space for artists to meet, exhibit and experiment, as well as housing a world-class permanent visual culture collection.
To ensure early delivery of the park and other facilities and after a critical review of the Park development, the WKCDA is exploring the feasibility of turning the fully landscaped park into quality open space with a cluster of modular arts and cultural facilities and 'pop-up' catering facilities, which could be delivered in much compressed programmes, for early enjoyment by the public and the arts community.
M+ will become on element in a larger regeneration scheme for the water front which will include, Xiqu Centre which sits at the eastern portion of the Park facing the waterfront (including the Arts Pavilion), Freespace (a black box and an outdoor stage in the form of an acoustic shell), and a modular performance venue.
These are estimated to be completed by 2018 and then a second series of facilities will follow including, the Lyric Theatre, Medium Theatre I, Centre for Contemporary Performance, and some resident company facilities. The remaining venues can only be built after the completion of the integrated basement.
The competition for the scheme was posted by WAN's Business Information Service and a full shortlist can be viewed here.