After almost seven years of construction, the contemporary visual arts museum M+ building has finally been completed. Designed by the world-renowned architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron in partnership with TFP Farrells and Arup, the M+ building houses 33 galleries, three cinemas, restaurants, a members’ lounge, and a roof garden that offers 180 degrees views of Victoria Harbour.
Most galleries will be on a the second floor, dedicated to exhibiting visual art, design and architecture, moving image, and Hong Kong visual culture of the 20th and 21st centuries. Located in Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Cultural District on the Victoria Harbour waterfront, M+ has been building its collection of twentieth- and twenty-first-century visual culture and now has close to 50,000 pieces of work from roughly 1,700 creators from all over the world.
The tower’s south-facing facade features a massive LED system, designed to display content related to the museum, adding an exciting visual element to the city’s skyline. There is also a spacious underground podium named “found space,” which will host rotating installations.
The M+ building is now beginning work on space fit-outs, environmental stabilization, the move of permanent collections, and the installation of collection works. M+ is scheduled to open to the public at the end of 2021.
Too impatient to wait till the end of the eyar? M+ has launched a website presenting some 5,000 objects from its collection. Check it out here.
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