The Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (MoCAPE) is a synergy between two institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE).

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The MoCAPE is the winning proposal of the Coop Himmelb(l)au to be located in the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The 80000 metre square museum with its transparent façade and interior lighting allow for an interior – exterior communication putting in evidence the main circulation atrium between the two volumes. This also permits unhindered view from the inside on the cityscape whiles giving the visitor the impression of being in a shaded outdoor area. The wide spans allow for column-free and flexible exhibition halls of heights reaching 17metres.

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The atrium between the two volumes serves as the main circulation area with ramps and escalators. This also serves as a public plaza while providing access to other facilities like the cultural services block, the library and café, bookstore and museum store.

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Local Architect: HSArchitects, Shenzhen, China

Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg Project Architects: Angus Schoenberger, Reinhard Platzl
Design Architects: Quirin Krumbholz, Jörg Hugo, Mona Bayr.
Project Coordinator: Veronika Janovska Project Team: Thomas Margaretha, Jutta Schädler, Chen Yue, Alexander Karaivanov, Jonathan Asher, Matt Kirkham, Jasmin Dieterle, Ivo de Noojier, Ivana Jug, Vincenzo Possenti, Luis Ferreira, Dimitar Ivanov, Megan Lepp, Günther Weber, Hui-Cheng Jessie Chen, Zhu Yuang Kang, Pete Rose, Jessie Castro Vélez, Feng Lei, Peter Grell, Anja Sorger, Jutta Schädler
Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankurt, Germany
MM & Engineering: Reinhold Bacher, Vienna, Austria Lighting Design: AG Licht, Bonn, Germany Cost
Management: Davis Langdon & Seah, Hong Kong, China

Client: Shenzhen Municipal Culture Bureau
Site Area: 21 688 m2
Gross Floor Area: 80 000 m2
Number of Stories: 7
Location: Shenzhen, China

By Hassan Mohammed Yakubu

Courtesy of Coop Himmelb(l)au

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