M+ Museum, Hong Kong

Herzog & de Meuron 


With the ambitious idea of giving Hong Kong a world-class artistic hub, the West Kowloon Cultural District envisions an enclave of new spaces for educational activities and the arts within a large park beside Victoria Harbour. The flagship of the operation is the M+ museum, recently completed by the Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron, although not to be opened to the public before the end of the year.

This new center devoted to contemporary visual art, design, architecture, and moving image is organized in a building that takes the shape of an inverted letter T. Thirty-three galleries are laid out within the huge, three-story horizontal volume, while a variety of multipurpose halls, a research center, and offices fill the slender twelve-floor vertical block, topped with restaurants, bars, and a sky garden. The facade incorporates a system of LED lights that transforms the actual building into an enormous digital art medium.

AV Monografías 191-192: Herzog & de Meuron