Construction completed on Herzog & de Meuron’s museum of visual culture in Kowloon

Construction has been completed on Herzog & de Meuron’s "M+" visual arts museum, located on reclaimed land in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District.

The 65,000 sq m building contains 17,000 sq m of exhibition space across 33 galleries, as well as three cinemas, a médiathèque, a research centre, shops, restaurants and a roof garden with views over Victoria Harbou

It is clad in a dark green glazed ceramic facade enlivened by integrated LED screens that display message to the public. A lightwell, formed by skylights and cuts in the floor plates, brings daylighting to the lower floors.

The site is built around an underground railway tunnel housing the Airport Express. During the excavation, a "found space" was discovered, which will be used for large-scale installations.

Jacques Herzog, Herzog & de Meuron’s founding partner, said: "M+ certainly has the potential to become the major visual culture museum in Asia. It best expresses where we should go as a world culture, where diversity, equality, and access to art of all kinds are expressed from the very beginnin

Herzog & de Meuron were supported by UK consultants Arup and TFP Farrells.

The museum will open in late 2021.

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