The forthcoming M+ museum has opened its first exhibition space in Hong Kong’s new cultural district: a mirror-clad pavilion that cantilevers out of a hillside

As the first permanent facility to open in the fast-developing West Kowloon Cultural District, the M+ Pavilion will provide a new exhibition gallery for showcasing visual art, design and architecture.

It will be run by M+, the major new museum of visual culture designed by Herzog & de Meuron, which is currently under construction nearby.

The pavilion is designed as a collaboration between three Hong Kong-based architects, Vincent Pang of VPANG, Tynnon Chow of JET and Lisa Cheung.

The trio won a competition for the project back in 2014.

The 878-square-metre structure contains two storeys, including 310 square metres of exhibition space.

By cantilevering the building out from the hillside, the architects aimed to create a gallery that “floats above the foliage”.

Polished concrete floors and white walls feature alongside large windows and a looped terrace, offering views of the Hong Kong Island skyline and Victoria Harbour.