Now completed in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District is M+, a center for 20th- and 21st-century art, design, architecture, and moving image. It is a work of Herzog & de Meuron in collaboration with the firm Farrells, and is set to open to the public at the end of 2021.
Two volumes – one horizontal, the other vertical – form an inverted T containing 33 exhibition galleries, multipurpose and conference halls, a research center, offices, and restaurants and cafés.
The three-floor horizontal block harbors most of the exhibition spaces and other public facilities, with the main entrance and foyer at ground level. Rising twelve floors over the horizontal piece, the slender vertical prism incorporates a system of LED lights in the facade facing Victoria Harbour, turning the builring into a giant screen projecting artworks or serving as a billboard.