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Video showcasing the M+ building construction progress. Transcript can be found below.

M+ More and More: A Building Video Update

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“It’s always a very rewarding moment—because you have renderings, you have models, you have plans, you have drawings, but there’s nothing like the real thing, you know?”

The M+ building has been growing more visible over the past few months. In the video above, a variety of people involved in the construction process—from the Executive Director of M+ and the architects of Herzog & de Meuron to construction workers onsite—give their thoughts on the building’s design. We also reveal the inside of the building for the first time, and share the process of making it happen, including a unique tile facade production process spanning Italy, China, and Hong Kong.

Want more information on the M+ building? Have a look here:

A small concrete building with large windows in the front under a blue sky.

A Tour of the M+ Building Mockups

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If you’re in the Nursery Park in the West Kowloon Cultural District and walking down towards the North Lawn, you’ll find two small concrete structures standing by the waterfront. They are what’s known as the M+ ‘building mockups’: simulations, representations, and tests of various design elements that will appear in the actual museum building, consolidated into two small constructions.

The mockups are important parts of the design and construction process, allowing the Museum Joint Venture Consultancy team (Herzog & de Meuron, TFP Farrells, and Ove Arup and Partners HK) to visualise and test out design features before implementing them in the actual museum building. This means they give us useful visual information about what the completed M+ building will look like—just in tiny, jumbled form.

Members of the public can only see these mockups from the outside, and are currently not allowed inside (safety first!). So we’d like to invite you on a small online tour of the mockups here on M+ Stories, and give you a small preview of what the finished museum will look like.

A large construction site in front of the water. Hong Kong Island is visible in the background.

What’s Going on at the M+ Construction Site? November 2017

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When you visit the M+ Pavilion right now—perhaps to see the new exhibition The Weight of Lightness: Ink Art at M+—you’ll find yourself in the middle of a very active construction site. Right next to the M+ Pavilion is the main construction area of the M+ building, slated for completion in 2019. It’s loud, and it’s busy, but what exactly is going on? We’re here to explain.

1. The vertical tower has begun to rise