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Site:    Huangpu, Shanghai |
Type:   Exhibition galleries, lecture room, office, cafe |
Scale:   4000 sq.m. |
Design/Built:   2003 / 2005 |
Design Team:   Liu Yuyang, Keith Yee, Tynnon Chow, Larry Tsoi |
Structure:   Ronan Collins |
E&M:   Perry Lee |
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.