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M+ Museum Building Completed And Set To Open By The End Of 2021

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The first global museum of contemporary visual culture in Asia set to 

open at the end of 2021 in Hong Kong

 

 

M+ has reached the important milestone marking the completion of construction of the museum building. With the Occupation Permit for the museum building obtained on  24 December 2020, M+ is set to open to the public at the end of 2021.

 

Designed by a global team of the world-renowned architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in partnership  with TFP Farrells and Arup, the M+ building is set to become a new addition to the global arts and  cultural landscape and a new international architectural icon. Located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon  Cultural District on the Victoria Harbour waterfront provides a permanent space for M+, the first global  museum of contemporary visual culture in Asia dedicated to collecting, exhibiting, and interpreting visual  art, design, and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the twentieth- and twenty first centuries. 

 

The commanding architectural form consists of monumental horizontal and vertical volumes—an  expansive podium and a strikingly slender tower—reflecting the architects’ reading of the unique  typologies of Hong Kong’s architectural landscape and their sensitivity to local urban conditions. Beneath  the building site lies the MTR Airport Express and Tung Chung Line. While the pre-existing site condition presents a challenge to design and construction, it has also become a point of departure for the M+  building.

 

The excavation around the railway tunnels produces a ‘found space’ that provides an anchor for the building for hosting dynamic and rotating installations. The 65,000 square-metre M+ building houses 17,000 square meters of exhibition space across thirty-three galleries. It also includes three cinemas, a Mediatheque, a Learning Hub, a Research Centre,  museum shops, restaurants, a tea and coffee bar, a Members Lounge, and office spaces, with a Roof  Garden that commands spectacular views of Victoria Harbour. Most galleries are arranged on a large podium level on the second floor offering visitors a fluid, interconnected experience of the exhibitions.  

 

The tower defines a visual dialogue with the urban landscape of Hong Kong. The podium and tower are united as concrete structures clad in ceramic tiles that reflect the changing conditions of light and weather while standing out from nearby glass and steel skyscrapers. The tower facade also features an  LED system for the display of content related to the museum, making a distinctive contribution to the city’s vibrant night-time environment. 


Museum staff have moved into and started to activate the M+ building and the Conservation and Storage  Facility (CSF). Preparations including environmental stabilization, space fit-outs, the move of permanent  collections and the installation of collection works and objects have commenced with a view to opening the M+ to the public at the end of 2021.


Notable architectural features


1. Found Space 

 

The MTR Airport Express and Tung Chung Line tunnels lie beneath the site of the M+ building.  Excavations around the tunnels reveal a ‘found space’ that provides an anchor inside the building and can host dynamic rotating installations. In a remarkable feat of engineering, five mega-trusses—large steel elements encased in concrete frameworks—help support the massive structure and prevent it from bearing down on the tunnels. 


2. Glazed ceramic facade

Glass-clad skyscrapers are ubiquitous in Hong Kong. Departing from this visual language but remaining in dialogue with it, the M+ building features ceramic components as a modular facade system. The dark green ceramic facade reflects conditions of light and weather in many different facets and shades—an ever-changing skin with a crafted and rich surface quality. Ceramics also provide a localized environmental solution for the M+ building, to protect it from the long-term corrosive effects of heat,  humidity, and wind. 


3. Fully integrated tower facade 

 

The south facade of the tower is a dynamic, evolving media display screen. It is a visual amplification of  M+ programs and accentuates the museum’s connection with the urban landscape facing Victoria  Harbour and Hong Kong Island. 


4. Lightwell 

 

A lightwell inside the building, created by massive cutaways in the floor plates and the skylights,  connects basement floors, the ground floor, and the podium level, while offering visitors an immersive  experience of the architecture and the museum from above and below.


5. Multi-purpose spaces 

 

Multi-purpose spaces of various sizes in the building offer curators and artists a range of possibilities for realizing projects. The sweeping Grand Stair auditorium is a place for gathering, a flexible venue for lectures, screenings, and other events. 


6. Learning Hub

 

The Learning Hub is a space for learning, interpretation, and inspiration set against the backdrop of  Victoria Harbour. It houses a Forum, workshops, and seminar rooms hosting programs for all ages and interest groups. The pitched roof of the Learning Hub also provides access to the Roof Garden. 


7. Outdoor gathering spaces

The Roof Garden is located atop the podium. It is an outdoor space that directly connects with the Art  Park of the West Kowloon Cultural District and offers sweeping vistas of Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong  Island, and outlying islands.


8. Locally inspired bamboo furniture  

 

Furniture such as benches, reception desks, and ticketing counters are made from bamboo, recalling  the informal structures found throughout Hong Kong.


9. A campus of buildings 

 

The M+ building is part of a campus that also includes the CSF and the WKCDA Tower. The CSF is devoted to the conservation, restoration, archiving, and storage of the growing M+ Collections. The  WKCDA Tower is a sixteen-story building that will house the new head office of the West Kowloon  Cultural District Authority as well as retail, dining, and entertainment facilities. 

 








30th March 2021





 

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