Terry Farrell with Herzog & de Meuron, Snohetta and Shigeru Ban are among the finalists competing to design a new museum for Hong Kong’s West Kowloon Culture District
Renzo Piano, Toyo Ito and SANAA also feature on the six-strong shortlist of star designers competing for the high-profile 60,000m² job.
Focussing on 20th and 21 st century visual culture, the museum is one of 17 arts venues proposed for the 23 hectare Foster + Partners-masterplanned development.
Scheduled to open in 2017, the museum will feature permanent exhibitions alongside interactive and learning spaces, a theatre, archive library and bookstore.
The full shortlist:
- Herzog & de Meuron + TFP Farrells
- Kazuyo Sejima+ Ryue Nishizawa / SANAA
- Renzo Piano Building Workshop
- Shigeru Ban Architects + Thomas ChowArchitects
- Toyo Ito & Associates, Architects + Benoy
West Kowloon Culture District Authority chief executive Michael Lynch said: ‘We have a unique architectural brief for M+ as it will be a very special institution, a leader in its field in Asia and globally and a world class museum for the city providing essential space for Hong Kong’s artists and arts community. Hong Kong will have a new museum that it can be proud of.’
M+ executive director Lars Nittve said: ‘We are thrilled with this phenomenal shortlist. Our concept for M+ is a museum built from the inside out around its content and core values.
‘I am really looking forward to seeing designs that reflect this, that respond to the unique needs of a museum for visual culture here and beyond, and a design worthy of Hong Kong’s fast growing cultural scene.’
The shortlisted teams will submit concept designs next year and a winner is expected to be appointed in June 2013.
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