original design studio: the power station of art original design studio: the power station of art
nov 12, 2012

original design studio: the power station of art

‘power station of art’ by original design studio




following-up the 2010 shanghai expo, the ‘power station of art’ is a renovation and expansion project based on the pavilion of future which previously was the nanshi power station built in 1985. nowadays, the building has become a well-functioning and artistic public platform. developed by original design studio, the project ceases the station’s magnificent industrial mission in a historically narrative way. the design process lasting for six years has witnessed the building’s transformation from a giant electric machine to a powerful engine promoting culture and art. the accomplishment of the conception would greatly change the inherent structure of the city and country’s art field. the power station of art (for contemporary art), china art palace (for modern traditional art), and shanghai museum (for ancient art) will complement each other and create a more integral structure in exhibition field for shanghai.

preexistence and present




through a controlled intervention, the project aims to keep the building’s existing spatial order as well as industrial characteristics. it also attempts to show the temporal span by placing the new and the old together. it shows hospitable attitude to the city and it also blurs the boundary of leisure space and exhibition space, changing the traditional relationship between the visitors and the exhibits. the strategy successfully transforms visiting behaviors to a part of daily lives. the project interprets the deep relationship between human and art through diverse and complex cultural expression. it also decomposes the traditional single-visiting-path system, and opens multiple-paths system for visitors, creating many possibilities for art exploration.

view from the south side

old chimney and new building

the bridges link the museum and chimney

public platform

through a controlled intervention, the project aims to keep the building’s existing spatial order as well as industrial characteristics

attempts to show the temporal span by placing the new and the old together

public space

public space

exhibition space




project info:


architect: original design studio (zhang ming / zhang zi)design team: zhang ming, zhang zi, ding kuo, ding chun, sun jialong, wang zhigang, zhang haolocation: huayuangang rd, huangpu district, shanghai, chinadesign: 2011/3-2012/5completion: 2012/9building area: 38000㎡photographer: zhang siye, zhang ming, wang yuan 


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