Ole Bouman, former head of the Netherlands Architecture Institute, is the director of a major new design museum developed in collaboration with the V&A in Shekou, Shenzhen. The Shekou Design Museum is due to open in late 2016. Created by developer China Merchants Group in collaboration with London's V&A, the museum will occupy a building designed by Pritzker Prize-winning Japanese architect Fumihiko Maki within the Sea World Arts and Culture Centre. It will showcase work by international designers alongside major V&A exhibitions and provide a "platform for promoting new design ideas in China". Bouman was appointed by the developer, following his stint as creative director of the fifth Shenzhen Architecture and Urbanism Biennale in 2014. He had previously served as the director of the Netherlands Architecture Institute from 2007 to 2013.
"He has a strong track record of finding innovative formats to produce, present, explore and discuss design, which we believe will be very beneficial to the Shekou Design Museum," said Zhang Lin, vice general manager of China Merchants Property Development. "The museum aims to become a platform for promoting new design ideas in China as well as introducing the best international design to China. We hope Bouman’s appointment, alongside our collaboration with the V&A to establish the Shekou Design Museum, will help to encourage a wider understanding of design in China and increase productive dialogue between the design communities in China and the rest of the world."