Although last year rumors surfaced that Jean Nouvel had taken the lead in the competition, the government is yet to make an official announcement.
Gehry’s design features a “translucent stone” façade, which is made of a new type of glass material developed by Gehry Partners that is said to have the quality of jade. The interior comprises of lofty, geometric courtyards reminiscent of temples and pagodas. The museum’s entries and interiors have been designed to accommodate 38,400 visitors per day and nearly 12 million visitors per year, making it potentially the world’s busiest art museum.
The successful design will sit next to the Olympic “Birds Nest” stadium and open in 2015. This surrounding district will ultimately comprise of four museums. Gehry Partners has created a unique design tailored to the site, situated facing the central axis of Olympic Park.