lehmann maupin gallery space in hong kong by OMA lehmann maupin gallery space in hong kong by OMA
mar 13, 2013

lehmann maupin gallery space in hong kong by OMA

lehmann maupin gallery space in hong kong by OMAimage © philippe ruaultall images courtesy of OMA



internationally recognized practice OMA has designed the newly opened lehmann maupin gallery space in the financial district of hong kong. the gallery is located in one of the last remaining pre-war structures and can also double as an artist’s studio. having previously worked with the maupin gallery in SOHO new york and chelsea. the hong kong location is a conceptual extension of the british gallery exhibiting a certain orchestrated roughness. the space is divided into two areas, one characterized by white walls with a central column and vestiges of the original structure. the second auxiliary space connects to the main room by a sliding door and can be used for extra exhibitions or private viewing functions. a large glass door is located at the corner of a wall encroaching into the gallery area which facilitates the transportation of artworks and brings the user directly into the activated spaces.

the maupin gallery is now open with a solo exhibition by korean artist lee bul displaying sculptures and drawings, running until may 11th.

david gianotten, project leader and OMA partner, commented:

‘the gallery is designed as a space both for display and the making of art. it is at the same time a backdrop for artworks and a space for artists to work with rather than work within. it provides a broad experience of art for both artists and patrons.’


corner door entrance with rough plywood sheetsimage © philippe ruault


doorwayimage © philippe ruault


sliding door separating gallery roomsimage © philippe ruault


image © philippe ruault


central column left in its original conditionimage © philippe ruault


support spaceimage © philippe ruault


gallery spaceimage © kevin mak


image © kevin mak


panoramic view of the complete gallery spaceimage © kevin mak


central columnimage © kevin mak


white walls and polished concrete floors create a neutral backdrop for artworkimage © kevin mak

  • ” artist’s to work with, rather than to work within” Some great exercise !

    christina read says:

have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.

comments policy
designboom's comment policy guidelines
generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

- please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
- please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
- please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
- please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
- please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
(there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
the best 100-200 entries too.)

a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.


a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

architecture news