Swiss architectural firm Herzog & de Meuron and the London-Hong Kong firm TFP Farrells have been appointed by West Kowloon Cultural District Authority to create a $642-million building for the M+ Museum from a pool of six candidates. The firm is best known for designing Beijing’s 2008 summer olympic Birds Nest Stadium.
M+ Museum, a new Hong Kong museum for visual culture, will be a huge waterfront development located across Victoria Bay from the city’s Central District in a 100 acre park in West Kowloon. The building is said to be 646,000-square-feet, more than double the size of London’s Tate Modern, and shaped like a T.
Focusing on 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and moving image it will become a hugely significant part of the city’s growing cultural district. M+ will house visual and performing arts organisations, educational space and a sunken exhibition space perfect for large-scale installations, sculptures, or performance pieces.
The Sigg Collection – one of the biggest and most comprehensive collections of contemporary Chinese art – has been donated to be showcased in M+ Museum when it opens.