The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) has selected the team of Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells to design the M+ museum in Hong Kong.
The 60,000m² museum building will be built in the proposed 14ha park within the £1.7bn cultural district designed by UK-based architectural firm Foster + Partners.
After completion, the museum will feature over 15,000m² of exhibition space, 14,000m² for conservation and storage, an education centre, an archive library and bookstore, theatres and screen facilities, artist-in-residence studios and outdoor green spaces.
Herzog & de Meuron partner Pierre de Meuron said the underground tunnel of the Airport Express has been made the main base of a rough, large-scale exhibition universe that anchors the entire building in the ground.
"The tunnel has been uncovered, creating a radical space for art and design, installation and performance; it is a space of unprecedented potential and a challenge to artist and curator alike," Meuron said.
WKCDA chairman of the board Carrie Lam said the authority, together with the design team, will continue to engage the arts community to ensure detailed designs of the building would meet their requirement and anticipations.
The project is expected to be completed in 2017.
M+ is the first phase of the proposed West Kowloon Cultural District project in Hong Kong.
Phase one will also feature the Xiqu Centre, a ‘freespace’ with an outdoor stage, a lyric theatre, a centre for contemporary performance, Medium Theatre I, a music centre with a concert and recital hall, a musical theatre, a performance venue and an exhibition centre.
The second phase of the project will involve the commissioning of the Great Theatre, a small theatre as part of the Xiqu Centre and the Medium Theatre II.
WKCDA said its board also reviewed the financial status of the WKCD project and charted the way forward amidst concerns on possible adverse implications brought by rising construction costs since inception of the project.
The authority added that on cost containment it is conducting value engineering exercise for the Xiqu Centre and negotiating with the selected design team of M+ to reduce the project cost as far as practicable without compromising the overall function and quality of the facilities.
The estimated cost of the Xiqu Centre has been reduced from $2.7bn to $2.5bn-$2.6bn.
"Cost is very much in our mind as we move into the detailed design and construction phase of the WKCD project," Lam said.
Image: The M+ museum will be built in the proposed 14ha park within the £1.7bn cultural district. Photo: Courtesy of West Kowloon Cultural District Authority.