Hong Kong / M+ museum for visual culture


Exhibitors / Herzog & de Meuron, TFP Farrells, Ove Arup & Partners HK

Herzog & de Meuron, working with Hong Kong-based TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, has been selected to design the M+ building, a museum in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District. The approximately 60,000 square-metre scheme will become a cultural centre for 20th and 21st century art, design, architecture and the moving image.

Uncovering the tunnel of the Airport Express line created a spectacular “Found Space” for art and design, installation and performance. In between the underground Found Space and the horizontal, floating exhibition building, there is a large public entrance. This covered area forms a bright, welcoming platform that can be entered from all sides and all levels.

The vertical plane of the M+ is centred on the horizontal slab of galleries and spans its entire width. Making full use of the height specified in the master plan, the vertical building establishes M+ as part of the Victoria Harbour skyline. An LED system activates the building as a low-resolution, oversized display screen for artworks selected by curators or created especially for M+.



Herzog & de Meuron

Herzog & de Meuron have designed a wide range of projects from the small scale of a private home to the large scale of urban design. Established in 1978 in Basel, Switzerland, the office is a partnership led by five Senior Partners – Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. Their projects include highly recognized public facilities, such as Tate Modern in London, UK, and the National Stadium in Beijing, China (Bird’s Nest), as well as distinguished private projects such as Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan. The practice has been awarded numerous prizes including the Pritzker Architecture Prize (USA) in 2001, the RIBA Royal Gold Medal (UK) and the Praemium Imperiale (Japan), both in 2007. In 2013, Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK won the competition to design M+, the new museum for visual culture in Hong Kong.


TFP Farrells

TFP Farrells is a leading international architectural design firm with expertise in infrastructure projects and iconic master plans. For 40 years, the practice has shaped the debate on urban design and believes passionately in the creation of the civic realm and vital spaces between buildings. TFP Farrells’ building schemes include The Peak Tower in Hong Kong, MI6 and the new Home Office Headquarters in London, the Deep Aquarium in Hull, and KK100, the tallest building ever designed and built by a British architect in Shenzhen. Large-scale infrastructure planning and buildings dominate their work in Asia, including Incheon Airport in South Korea, as well as Beijing South Station and Guangzhou South Station for the High Speed Railway in China. Completed master plans include planning for Kowloon Station Development in Hong Kong, Newcastle Quayside and Brindley Place in Birmingham. Many of TFP’s projects have won international design awards, and the company’s architectural and urban design work is featured in publications worldwide.

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