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.