As the first architecture exhibition organised by M+, Hong Kong's new museum for visual culture in West Kowloon Cultural District, this landmark exhibition showcases the winning design by Herzog & de Meuron, with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK, alongside the first acquisitions and donations to the M+ architecture collection.

About the M+ Building

Starting with an overview of the processes by which the design was selected by an international jury—including a presentation of the other shortlisted design proposals — the exhibition will reveal the ongoing development of the 60,000 square-metre M+ building as it progresses towards its scheduled completion in late 2017.

An installation organized in collaboration with Herzog & de Meuron will feature models, diagrams, renderings and projections that highlight the project’s core features. These include a two-level entrance zone from the Park, the waterfront and new Artist Square that incorporates a Learning Centre, an area dedicated to moving image, and a café; a dramatic “found space” at the lower level above the existing Airport Express tunnels that will anchor the building while affording unique opportunities for large-scale installations; a horizontal podium providing a diverse array of exhibition and display spaces around a central plaza which include a space dedicated to contemporary ink art, topped by a large public roof terrace. Rising above the centre of the podium is a slender vertical ”tower” where a research centre and offices are located on the lower levels, with a sky garden floor above and restaurants offering views out over Victoria Harbour and Hong Kong Island.

A newly-produced video and other materials will lend additional insight into the architects’ design process, the M+ building, and the many ways in which it will engage and contribute to Hong Kong’s cultural and urban landscape.

About the Collection

In its first 10 months of collecting architecture, M+ has acquired, or is currently in the process of acquiring, nearly 1,000 architectural models, drawings, photographs, installations, videos and other materials that help document, uncover and interpret the 20th and 21st century global narratives of architecture from the perspectives of Hong Kong, China and Asia. The selection of works previewed in “Building M+” describe the museum’s initial emphasis on architecture from post-World War II Hong Kong and contemporary China, but also including materials from other times and places.

Concurrently, the exhibition will also present the inaugural showcase of the museum’s growing architecture collection—the first of its kind in Asia, presenting over 100 works and materials, many previously unseen, by more than 35 architects, firms and artists from Hong Kong, China, Asia and beyond, dating from the 1920s until now. Together, they provide a snapshot of the museum’s groundbreaking approach to collecting, understanding, and thinking about architecture.

A large number of the works have been generously donated by leading architects and designers from Hong Kong and China, representing the strong backing the museum holds within the community.

Represented in the show will be important Hong Kong architects including Chung Wah Nan, Tao Ho, Eric Lye Kum-chew, Jackson Wong Chack-sang and Rocco Yim; mainland Chinese architects and firms Atelier FCJZ (Yungho Chang), Ai Weiwei, Jiakun Architects (Liu Jiakun), MAD (Ma Yansong, Dang Qun, Yosuke Hayano), O.P.E.N. Architecture (Li Hu and Huang Wenjing), Urbanus and Studio Pei-Zhu; as well as architects ranging from Frank Lloyd Wright and Paul Rudolph to Steven Holl, Bernard Tschumi,and Office for Metropolitan Architecture (Rem Koolhaas and Elia Zenghelis).

In keeping with M+’s multidisciplinary nature, these will be joined by resonant works from the museum’s visual art holdings, including pieces by Cao Fei, Andreas Gursky, Aernout Mik, Stanley Wong aka anothermountainman and MAP Office.