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  7. Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus

  • 01:00 - 8 October, 2014
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus
Long Museum West Bund / Atelier Deshaus, © Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Longteng Avenue, Xuhui, Shanghai, China, 200231
  • Architect in Charge

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng
  • Design Team

    Liu Yichun, Chen Yifeng, Wang Longhai, Wang Weishi, Wu Zhenghui, Wang Xuepei, Chen Kun
  • Area

    33007.0 sqm
  • Project Year

  • Photographs

  • Structure, electrical & mechanical engineer

    Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co, Ltd.
  • Structure, electrical & mechanical design team

    Chao Si, Zhang Zhun, Shao Xiaojian, Shao Zhe, Zhang Ying, Shi You, Li Weijiang, Kuang Xingyu, Zhou Zhili
  • Lighting design

    Shanghai Guangyu Lighting Design Co., Ltd.
  • Client

    Shanghai Xuhui Waterfront Development, Investment & Construction Co., Ltd.
  • Site Area

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© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

From the architect. Long Museum West Bund is located at the bank of Huangpu River, Xuhui District, Shanghai Municipality, the site of which was used as the wharf for coal transportation. Before the commencement of the design, a Coal-Hopper-Unloading-Bridge of about 110m in length, 10m in width and 8m in height, which was constructed in the 1950s, is remained with a two-storey underground parking completed as early as two years ago.

Structure Plan
Structure Plan

The new design adopts the cantilever structure featuring “vault-umbrella” with independent walls while the shear walls with free layout are embedded into the original basement so as to be concreted with the original framework structure. With the shear walls, the first underground floor of the original parking has been transformed to an exhibition space with the overground space highlighting multiple orientations because of the relative connection of the “vault-umbrella” at different directions; besides, the electrical & mechanical system has been integrated in the “vault-umbrella” structure. As to the overground space covered by the “vault-umbrella”, the walls and the ceiling feature as-cast-finish concrete surface so that their geometrical dividing line seems faint.

© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

Such structure cannot only shield the human body in conformation, moreover, the building’s internal space can also represent a kind of primordial and tameless charm while the spatial dimension, large or small, and the as-cast-finish concrete surface with the seam among moulding boards and the bolt holes bring a sense of reality as well. The directness and simplicity resulting from this “literal” structure, material and space plus the sense of force or lightness because of large-scale overhanging style enables the overall building’s continuation of the industrial property of the original site, not only in time but in space.

© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang

The flowing exhibition space under the overground as-cast-finish concrete “vault-umbrella” and the “white box” exhibition space on the first underground floor are connected with spiral ladders downward. The parallel tensility highlighting the space,primordial but realistic, and the art exhibition from the ancient, modern and contemporary periods, has displayed an exhibition space featuring the temporality.

© Su Shengliang
© Su Shengliang
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MJ · May 06, 2015

Very similar to the DAUM headquarters by Mass Studies, but this one has a different atmosphere. Very well done.

Hunter · October 10, 2014

Like a mix between Louie Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum and Peter Zumtor's Baths at Vals. Really like the interior composition; solid concrete has oft-underestimated ability to do amazing things given the right situation and lighting.

Timothy G Dickerson · October 09, 2014

Lou Kahn's Kimball Art Museum and Steven Holl's Nelson-Atkins Museum Addition, I feel played a big part in the inspiration for this structure.

Hed · October 09, 2014

Wow! This is very Nice. Yes, reminds me too of work by Louis Kahn.

bfds · October 09, 2014

Have been to this project in person. It has some nice bits and some not so nice bits. Its no masterpiece that's for sure... The idea does produce some nice spaces on the interior but construction quality is really terrible on the exterior. Overall the interior spaces are quite nice and exterior is left lacking. The expanded metal was likely a bad choice by the architect in the first place and then the bad detailing by construction workers makes it almost a dealbreaker on the building since it is everywhere you look. It makes this extremely expensive building look terrible from close. In my opinion it should be replaced with the much more beautiful and better detailed corrugated perf. panels that are in one small other part of the building. If that was done I could see myself liking this project a lot more.

Also not the architects fault but this project seems more playhouse for its ultra rich patron and rentable event space then public museum it pretends to be. Was closed for parties on two of the three occations Ive been to the west bund area. Since its privately funded they can do as they wish, but it does leave a slightly bitter taste though...

Amoy · October 09, 2014

My favorite project in China in years. It reminds me of Louis Kahn's Kimbell Art Museum, but it is more complicated yet breathtakingly beautiful.


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