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M+ Design Competition  
The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority launched an open invitation to architectural practices in Hong Kong and worldwide to submit Expression of Interest to participate in a design competition for M+, Hong Kong's future museum for visual culture. Scheduled for completion in 2017, M+ is an ambitious project with 60,000 square metres reserved for the museum building, putting it on par with the scale of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Situated on the waterfront of the Victoria Harbour at the edge of a 14-hectare park, M+ will be the flagship hub for visual culture from the 20th and 21st century, alongside major performance spaces, creating interdisciplinary exchange between the visual arts and the performing arts in the city. Facilities will include over 15,000 square metres of exhibition space and 14,000 square metres for conservation and storage, an education centre, an archive library and bookstore, theatres and screen facilities, artist-in-residence studios and outdoor green spaces, subject to the future detailed design.

Submissions will be assessed by a world-class panel of eight jurors, chaired by Rafael Moneo, the Pritzker prize winning Spanish architect. Other members include (in alphabetical order): Eve Blau, Adjunct Professor, Graduate School of Design, Harvard University; Kathy Halbreich, Associate Director of Museum of Modern Arts New York; William Lim, leading Hong Kong architect; Victor Lo, Chairman of Board of Directors, Hong Kong Design Centre; Leslie Lu, leading Hong Kong architect; Lars Nittve, Executive Director, M+; and Uli Sigg, the world's leading collector of Chinese contemporary art. 

Dr Lars Nittve, Executive Director of M+ said, "M+ is a project that strives to regenerate the institution known as a museum - a place where the museum visitors become active, learning participants. It aims to be a museum that is rooted in and shaped by its location - Hong Kong. A museum for its time and place also requires a building for its time and place. We are looking for a design team who share our values and ambitions and will work with us to set M+ apart as an entirely unique museum."

In December up to six design teams will be shortlisted and will be invited to submit concept designs by the WKCDA Board, upon recommendation by the Jury Panel. Entries from the shortlisted teams will be examined by the Jury Panel together with assessment through interviews. The Authority is expected to announce the winner in summer 2013. Deadline for submission of an Expression of Interest is 15 October 2012. Further details are available on WKCDA's website (
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