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Inside simplicity, there is always complexity to be discovered - A visit to M+ Pavilion

28.7.2016 | lifestyle.
Adrian Yim

Adrian Yim

Finance - Summer Intern

As an intern in West Kowloon Cultural District Authority, it is always surprising to see how this vividly-growing organization takes the initiatives by introducing innovative projects which have never been accomplished throughout Hong Kong. Among different experiences, I can never forget the visit to M+ Pavilion on 21st July, 2016.  

In a pleasant afternoon when the sun shone brilliantly and the sea glittered invitingly, I arrived at the site where this first permanent exhibition venue stood. Right in front of me was a simple, mirror-surface building. It forms a contradiction of the glamorous and complex buildings across the Victoria Harbor. However, despite its simple structure, such smart simplistic approach of design tells me that there’s something extraordinary about this building.  

Model of M+ Pavilion

Model of M+ Pavilion

When I entered the building, there was a corridor on the ground floor. On the wall, it showed the major events held by the authority throughout the years such the exhibition of Tsang Kin-Wah: The infinite Nothing and M+ Sigg Collection. The contents printed on the wall showed me that WKCDA is not merely a public organization but the collective hard work of members from different backgrounds and professions.  

The corridor on ground floor

The corridor on ground floor

Elevated was the pavilion’s main exhibition space. It floated above the foliage, enabling the space to be blended with the greenery plants nearby and provide the artwork with the breath-taking backdrop of the Victoria Harbor. At that moment, I was fascinated to see this building- a building which is simple in terms of structure but complex in terms of design ideas.

As said by Mr. Duncan Pescod, CEO of WKCDA, “The dedication of M+ Pavilion is a small yet important step.” Without the establishment of this seemingly simple building, we cannot feel the harmony and beauty of the West Kowloon Cultural District; without the contribution of every individual including members of WKCDA family and the general public, we cannot enjoy such a relaxing place of art and culture in Hong Kong.

Mr. Pescod was giving a speech

Mr. Pescod was giving a speech

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