Architectural & Design

February 4, 2014

Hong Kong’s new Museum for Visual Culture

It is very nice to see a good exhibition but, even more rewarding to share such experience with someone. Last week I had the opportunity to enjoy together with my Interior Design Students the latest exhibit by M+ which features both design proposals for their new building and pieces from their architecture collection. Entitled “Building M+: The museum and architecture collection” this show presents shortlisted proposals from 6 teams: Kazujo Sejima+Ryue Nishizawa/SANAA and AGC Design; Renzo Piano Building Workshop and Ronald Lu & Partners; Shigeru Ban Architects and Thomas Chow Architects; SNOHETTA and Ronald Lu & Partners; Toyo Ito & Associates and Benoy Limited; and Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells. From the selected entries the proposal from Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells was chosen as the winner.

Enveloped in a white and black scheme we all moved from the new building proposals into a more solemn black gallery that housed drawings from people like Frank Lloyd Wright, Aldo Rossi and Mies van Der Rohe. In addition, we saw various models of Hong Kong structures by local designers such as Rocco Design Architects. In the end everyone sat down in a workshop area where people is provoked to build small models using recycled materials and responding to random words, all part of the design experience.

M+ is a museum in Hong Kong that focuses on architecture, art, design and moving image from the 20th and 21st centuries and it is part of the West Kowloon Cultural District. With their new building by Herzog and de Meuron in plans for construction this show offers a great view of what it would be like for the city skyline and for the arts in general to continue to grow as it has been in the past few years.

The exhibit will continue in ArtisTree, Taikoo Place Cornwall House, 979 King’s Rd until February 9th of 2014 and it is a great way to continue with the New year’s celebration.

Herzog & de Meuron and TFP Farrells

Shigeru Ban Architects and Thomas Chow Architects




About the Author

Victor Serrano
Victor Serrano is from Puerto Rico where he studied Architecture before completing a Masters of Interior Architecture at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). He is currently the Interior Design Program Coordinator at Raffles International College in Hong Kong. Victor describes himself as a curious participant of everyday's Architecture.


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