The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong has launched an international competition to design the M+ museum.
The 60,000m² museum building is comparable to the Museum of Modern Art in New York, US, and will be built in the proposed 14ha park within the £1.7bn cultural district designed by Foster + Partners.
Facilities will include 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.
WKCDA chief executive officer Michael Lynch said that M+ will be the flagship visual arts venue for the West Kowloon Cultural District and for Hong Kong.
"It will provide essential space for the arts community, a world-class museum for the city and a leader in the arts globally," Lynch said.
WKCDA will shortlist six design teams and will invite them to submit concept designs in December 2012.
The winning design team will be appointed in summer 2013 to work with the M+ team and WKCDA to develop the detailed design for the building.
The project is scheduled for completion 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.
In July 2012, WKCDA had shortlisted five teams to submit design proposals for the Xiqu Centre as part of cultural district development.
The five shortlisted teams include BTA & RLP Company, Foster + Partners with O Studio Architects, Mecanoo architecten / Leigh & Orange, Safdie Architects, and Wong & Ouyang (HK) in collaboration with Diamond and Schmitt.
Image: West Kowloon Cultural District will feature the M+ museum, the Xiqu Centre and the Great Theatre. Photo: WestKowloon Cultural District Authority.