First Museum of Design Finds its Home in Shekou
Shekou will be the home of the first major museum of design in China by 2016, based on a contract that was signed in London by the Victoria and Albert Museum in Britain with China Merchants Group. The contract signing was also witnessed by British Prime Minster David Cameron and Chinese Premier Li Keqiang.
This project will be the only cultural undertaking among the deals between the two countries during a meet. This will also be the first cooperation project between a British public organization and a Chinese enterprise. The chief operating officer for Victoria and Albert Tim Reeve said, that the cooperation is a ambitious project of the company that will be carried on the tradition of the museum of working with China in sharing collectible pieces, expertise and knowledge. By working along China Merchants Group, they can engage in a way to financially sustain the most dynamic design cities in the world as China is emerging in the forefront of new creative ideas and new design thinking.
Meanwhile the vice president for China Merchants Group Sun Chengming stated that the museum will be one of the most important undertaking of their company in restructuring Shekou as they want to offer local residents a internationally important museum and promote the development of the creative industries and design expertise in China.
The agreement stipulates tht development and operation of the new museum will be handed over to Chine Merchants Property Development Co. one of the flagship real estate developer controlled by China Merchant Group and the company has already contracted the services fo Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki to oversee the design of the museum.