After winning a competition in 2014, the M+ Pavilion for the West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) in Hong Kong has just been completed. Drawing on design expertise from VPANG Architects Ltd., Tynnon Chow from JET Architecture Inc, and architect Lisa Cheung, the team delivered a flexible space that will play host a range of small-scale exhibitions and events.
All born in Hong Kong, the team of designers and architects met in New York in 1999 but since then had all gone their separate ways. The M+ Pavilion was an opportunity for the trio to meet up once again and "produce a design meaningful to Hong Kong."
Here, in the WKCDA, the group have employed mirrored external walls to reflect its verdant surroundings. Located within the the Art Park, the pavilion offers a welcoming space of respite from the frantic city life. The mirrors also allow the pavilion to blend into the sky. Floating above the foliage, visitors viewing art in the gallery can also take in views of Victoria Harbor and the Hong Kong skyline. The gallery itself uses polished concrete flooring and white interior walls, creating a space that can be used for a diverse array of events, including exhibitions and performances.
“The way the first prize winning design fitted into the landscape and frames the views of Hong Kong, creating an outdoor space, which easily flows into a well-proportioned space, are merits of the design," said Co-chairman of the awarding Jury Panel and Executive Director of M+, Dr. Lars Nittve said in 2014. "It also allows for certain design flexibility and consideration, essential for a small-scale exhibition space like this."
Mr Michael Lynch, Chief Executive Officer, added: “I am delighted that the winning design team is formed by three Hong Kong-born, young and energetic architects, and will look forward to seeing them make a significant contribution to the development of the WKCD site.”