OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, a 1,500 square meter space in Shanghai Pudong on the site of the former "Shanghai Shipyard." The design aims to create a concentrated culture and event space within the surrounding financial district, on the edge of the Huangpu River, one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world.
More on the design after the break
Located on the ramp of a disused ship cradle, the Exhibition Centre is conceived as a "spatial armature," rising above a new plaza to define a range of uses in the surrounding space such as film screenings, fashion shows and concerts, while the area underneath the building can be used for more intimate gatherings. Internally, exhibition spaces are contained within the raised armature and also in a space beneath the ship cradle ramp.
The materiality of the building is designed to recall the site's industrial heritage. The structure will be wrapped in a metallic mesh which partially exposes the building's structure, a move that is intended to evoke images of the unfinished ship hulls which used to occupy the area.
Completion of the new Lujiazui Exhibition Centre is planned for the end of 2015.
LocationLujiazui, Lujiazui, Pudong, China, 200120
Partners in ChargeDavid Gianotten, Michael Kokora
Associate in ChargePaolo Caracini
Project ArchitectRicky Suen
Design TeamPaul Feeney, Vincent McIlduff, Yuye Peng, Tony Yang, with Mafalda Brandao, Thomas Brown, Gemawang Swaribathoro, Stella Tong, Mavis Wong, Shu Yang
ClientLuJiaZui Central Financial District (Phase II) Development Corporation
PhotographsCourtesy of OMA