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Farrell joins star architects vying for Hong Kong M+ museum

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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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