Hong Kong's M+, the long-awaited art museum to be built in the city's West Kowloon Cultural District, officially has an architecture team. The Swiss firm Herzog & de Meuron has been selected to design the museum, along with the London-Hong Kong firm TFP Farrells.
M+ is scheduled to be completed in 2017 and will be a key part of the city's new cultural district, a waterfront development that will serve as home to visual and performing arts organizations. Planners hope the $642-million museum will become one of the world's top modern and contemporary art destinations on the level of the Centre Pompidou in Paris and the
Herzog & de Meuron said it was selected based on a recommendation from an international jury. (The other contenders included
The M+ announcement was made Friday in Hong Kong, with local officials in attendance and a model of the design unveiled to the public. The finished museum will sit on Victoria Harbor at the edge of a planned park.
The West Kowloon Cultural District, led by Lars Nittve, is being designed by the British architecture firm Foster + Partners. The development is one of the largest and most anticipated cultural projects in Asia.