OPEN architecture has revealed its proposed design for the pudong art museum in shanghai, china. the competition to complete the new institution is still ongoing, with OPEN joined on the shortlist by established names SANAA, ateliers jean nouvel, and david chipperfield architects. the extremely prominent site is located at the tip of pudong’s lujiazui central business district, directly below the oriental pearl tower. 

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the prominent site is located at the tip of pudong’s lujiazui central business district

 

 

OPEN architecture began with an urban concept that proposed the use of natural landscape to connect the currently fragmented cultural facilities and riverbanks to create a large looped park system. within this connected landscape, new cultural, leisure, and entertainment programs are inserted to complement the existing nodes, consolidating the site’s role as a cultural destination.

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the upper and lower storeys create a frame through which to survey the bund and the city itself

 

 

positioned at an important junction within the site, the pudong art museum connects the parklands with the riverside. the existing landscape is transformed into a sculpture garden and music park, conceived as an extension of the institution. the museum’s intermediate level becomes an ‘urban stage’, with the iconic oriental pearl tower as its backdrop.

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the intermediate level of the art museum becomes an ‘urban stage’

 

 

the museum’s form is partly derived from constraints such as height limits, while its future relationship with existing buildings has also been considered. a completely open plaza sits within a void at the heart of the building, while the upper and lower storeys create a frame through which to survey the bund and the city itself.

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the upper part of the building contains an orthogonal gallery

 

 

the upper part of the building contains an orthogonal gallery, surrounded by more open exhibition spaces. the arrangement has been designed to be as flexible as possible, capable of accommodating a wide range of curatorial requirements. meanwhile, the base of the building seeks to combine urban life and education, with a series of auditoriums, libraries and workshops.

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the internal arrangement has been designed to be as flexible as possible

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the arrangement has been designed to be as flexible as possible

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the museum will be site below shanghai’s oriental pearl tower

 

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project info:

 

location: shanghai, china
client: pudong new area government
building area: 36,486 sqm
project year: 2016
program: art galleries, multi-function auditorium, art library, café, restaurant, art storage, admin and research offices

 

architects: OPEN architecture
principals in charge: li hu, huang wenjing
project team: ye qing, hu boji, zhou tingting, ma qiancheng, luo ren, anne fang, zhou xiaochen, jia han, ni ruoning, huang weinan, niu bowen
consulting engineers: arup

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