Herzog & de Meuron
The Basel firm has opened a new cultural center for art, design, architecture, and the moving image.
With the ambitious idea of giving Hong Kong a world-class artistic hub, the West Kowloon Cultural District envisions an enclave of new spaces for educational activities and the arts within a large park beside Victoria Harbour. Among them the M+ Museum, a work of Herzog & de Meuron, is the project’s flagship, and it finally opened to the public on 12 November.
This new center devoted to contemporary visual art is organized in a building that takes the shape of an inverted T. It features thirty-three galleries laid out within the huge base, a variety of multipurpose halls, a research center, and offices in the slender 12-floor block whose facade incorporates a system of LED that transforms the actual building into an enormous digital art medium.