The West Kowloon Cultural District Authority (WKCDA) announced on November 18, the completion of building structure of the Hong Kong Palace Museum (HKPM). Following the building topping out in early July 2020, the completion of building structure of HKPM paves the way to the museum's planned opening in mid-2022.
Designed by Rocco Design Architects Associates Ltd, the museum is poised to be a fresh and contemporary interpretation of traditional aesthetics, drawing inspiration from art and architecture, as well as Hong Kong’s urban environment. Three atriums will connect the different floors of the museum vertically, referencing the horizontal spatial configuration along the central axis of the Forbidden City.
Mr Bernard Charnwut Chan, Chairman of the HKPM Board said the Hong Kong Palace Museum project has been progressing very well since its start in 2017 and they have finalised the list of exhibiting items with The Palace Museum, and the curatorial team has selected about 800 items for the opening exhibitions. This will be the largest loan from The Palace Museum to other cultural institutions. All the pieces are the finest objects, most of them will be exhibiting in Hong Kong for the first time while some have never been displayed before.
The construction of HKPM is funded by a donation of HK$3.5 billion from The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust.