M+ building will be completed by the end of the second quarter of 2020 with the museum itself opening nine to twelve months later

Winning Design

Herzog & de Meuron with TFP Farrells and Ove Arup & Partners HK

The M+ building will be completed in March 2020 with the museum itself opening nine to twelve months later to allow time for the environmental conditions to stabilise, bringing the collection to Hong Kong and installing the first shows. The approximately 60,000m2 building will create an iconic presence for M+, and Hong Kong, on the museum’s site overlooking Victoria Harbour.

The horizontal building houses the exhibition rooms and galleries. A central plaza provides direct access to the entire exhibition area with a diversity of well-considered gallery space, including the Anchor Rooms, tall Focus Gallery and temporary exhibitions areas. The vertical pane of the M+ building is centred on the horizontal slab of exhibition spaces, fused into the shape of an upside down T. The vertical and will house education facilities and museum offices, with the restaurants, bars, and a sky garden on the top floor. The ground and lower levels will provide easy access to the park and other West Kowloon Cultural District facilities, alongside a public resource centre, theatres, retail and dining, and back-of-house functions.

Herzog & de Meuron is known for designing the Tate Modern museum in London, Beijing’s Bird’s Nest stadium and other notable designs – have firmly anchored the M+ building on its reclaimed-land site, excavating a new found space for large-scale installations from around the existing Airport Express train tunnel that runs underneath.


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