Herzog & de Meuron's M+ museum begins construction in Hong Kong

When completed, M+ will be one of the first buildings in the Foster + Partners-planned West Kowloon Cultural District.

February 09, 2015 |
Herzog & de Meuron-designed M+ museum begins construction in Hong Kong

The building’s design consists of a translucent tower with research, retail, and restaurant spaces that rests on a horizontal slab filled with exhibition galleries. Renderings courtesy Herzog & De Meuron

Construction is under way on the M+, a museum designed by Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron on Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District, Dezeen reports.

The museum, which is dedicated to art, architecture, and film, broke ground on Jan. 29. During the groundbreaking ceremony, a time capsule filled with artwork by local children was placed in the construction site, marking the countdown for the 60,000-sm museum’s completion scheduled for 2018. 

According to Dezeen, Herzog & de Meuron won a competition for the museum’s design in 2013, beating out other architectural big names such as Renzo Piano, Toyo Ito, Snøhetta, and Shigeru Ban.

The building’s design consists of a translucent tower with research, retail, and restaurant spaces that rests on a horizontal slab filled with exhibition galleries.

“As in a city, the arrangement of all the galleries is based on an orthogonal grid,” the practice said in a statement. A central plaza will provide direct access to the entire exhibition area.

The Swiss practice formed a design team with TFP Farrells as local partner architect and ARUP HK as an engineering consultant.

Read more on Dezeen.

 

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