Announced: Six Firms Shortlisted To Design The M+ Museum In Hong Kong
December 10, 2012
WKCDA Xiqu Centre, via Bing Thom Architects
Earlier today, the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced a joint venture between two Hong Kong-born architects to collaborate on the design of the Xiqu Centre scheduled for completion in 2016. The design for the Chinese opera will come from Bing Thom in Vancouver and Ronald Lu of Hong Kong, who together will work with the Authority to develop the facility over the next four years. In addition to this announcement, the WKCDA also announced the shortlist of six (famed) design teams that have been invited to submit proposals for the design of the M+ Museum, the future of 20th- and 21st-century visual culture within the district.
Masterplan for West Kowloon Cultural District, via Foster + Partners
The M+ Museum is an ambitious undertaking, hoping to rival the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Situated on 62,000-square-meters of land at the waterfront of Victoria Harbour, the museum is scheduled for completion in 2017. Committed to providing the community with interactive and engaging platforms, the museum has gathered a shortlist of design teams that is more than impressive.
The six shortlisted teams are:
- Herzog & de Meuron + TFP Farrells
- Kazuyo Sejima + Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA
- Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- Shigeru Ban Architects + Thomas Chow Architects
- Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Benoy Limited
The M+ Museum will be one of the first buildings constructed in the West Kowloon Cultural District, and as such, all six of the shortlisted proposals aim to create a cultural hub with their designs. Featuring everything from community laboratories to flexible spaces, the overarching theme of the designs include learning through curiosity and exploration.