When I think of a cloud, it is fuzzy, light, and temporal. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects’ design for the Cloud Pavilion in Shanghai exemplifies those characteristics.
It is a structure of hundreds of hanging white ropes. The lightweight boundaries make the space an interactive one, reacting to winds as well as the movement and interaction of people, making it an ever-changing space.
The pavilion also celebrates interwoven concepts and symbols. It is part of a series of scattered pavilions that make connections to the culture. The Cloud is a symbol of fortune in Chinese culture, and the other pavilions house supporting functions like a café, a gallery, and a book shop. The other pavilions are made of corten steel, an allusion to the industrial area they reside in and to the region’s manufacturing heritage.
As well as providing a space for contemplation and relaxation, the Cloud Pavilion with its supplementary corten pavilions, provide texturally rich interactive social spaces as part of the West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art 2013.