China Merchants Group (CMG) and London’s Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) are collaborating on China’s first major design museum and have commissioned Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to design it.
Opening at the end of 2016, the new museum will be located in the Shekou district of Shenzhen. Named a UNESCO City of Design in 2008, Shenzhen is home to 6,000 design companies. The V&A will have a dedicated gallery within the building to show curated displays from its collections, as well as space to present major exhibitions.
“We wanted to offer the local residents an internationally important museum that would help promote the development of China’s creative industries and further progress design in China,” Mr. Sun Chengming, vice president of CMG, said in a statement. “We can think of no better partner to do this with than the V&A, which brings with it a wealth of expertise on the role of a contemporary design museum as well as understanding of Chinese culture through their long-standing connections with China.”