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Hong Kong show exhibits new Chinese architectural collection

An exhibition of modern Chinese architectural artefacts, part of a new collection to be based at the West Kowloon Cultural District, has opened in Hong Kong

Entitled ‘Building M+’, the exhibition will feature some of the models, drawings, photos and other material acquired by M+, a new museum for visual culture designed by Herzog & de Meuron and Terry Farrell + Partners which is currently under construction.

The exhibition will take place at ArtisTree on TaiKoo Place and will focus on architecture since the end of the Second World War. It will also include models and images related to the development of the new 60,000m2 museum, scheduled for completion in late 2017 in the West Kowloon Cultural District.

On display will be Ai Weiwei’s model of his home and studio in Caochangdi as well as a drawing of Paul Rudolph’s Wisma Dharmala Sakti tower in Jakarta.

Other materials collected by M+ to date include the model for Ma Yansong’s Absolute Tower in Canada; Ma Yansong’s proposal to turn Tiananmen Square into a park; and Rocco Yim’s competition entry for Paris’s Bastille Opera House in 1983.

The West Kowloon Cultural District has had a troubled start. A masterplan by Foster + Partners for the district was scrapped in 2006, only for the London-based firm to win a replacement competition in 2011.

The formal start of construction of Bing Thom Architects’ Xiqu Centre, one of the gateways to the site, was hailed in September as a ‘defining moment’ for the West Kowloon Cultural District.

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