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CF004475b_for print



LOCATION:  Huangpu District, Shanghai |
TYPE:  Exhibition Galleries, Lecture Room, Office, Cafe |
SCALE:  4,000 sq.m. |
DESIGN/ BUILT:  2003-2005 / 2005 |
PHOTOGRAPHY:  Jeremy San |

The story of the Shanghai MoCA is that of an architectural “Cinderella”—an abandonedgreenhouse in the park, transforming into a “Princess” of contemporary art. A series of geometric glass volumes were added to the structure, dissolving the predictable form of the original glass pavilion. The diagonally-laid “Mongolian Black” stone cladding over the existing concrete building gives a much subdued yet differentiated expression, highlighted by the deep-recessed stainless steel window frames that are intentionally mis-aligned. A sweeping curvature of glass-and-steel ramp “dances” through the existing reinforced concrete columns in different tangential relationships, allowing for a circumscribed and ascending viewing of large-scale installations placed in the center of the main exhibition space.