Shanghai LuJiaZui Exhibition Center

The Lujiazui Exhibition Centre is located on the northern and most recent development of Shanghai Pudong, along with the Huangpu River, one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world. The project site, occupying the former ‘Shanghai Shipyard’, has a long history of the marine industry. The new Exhibition Centre is positioned on the ramp of a former ship cradle and provides a concentrated event space within the surrounding financial district.

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OMA conceived the Exhibition Centre as a “spatial armature,” suspended above a plaza and connected to another exhibition space beneath the ramp. The building organizes the open space, adding new programmatic opportunities for lm screenings, fashion shows, and concerts. The new volume transforms the existing ramp into a large-scale theatrical space for events while the covered plaza under the elevated box can be used for more intimate happenings.

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The building’s materiality and architecture establish a dialogue with the site’s industrial past; a mysterious object wrapped in a metallic mesh exposes its steel structure, echoing the unfinished ship hulls which used to populate the site.

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Project Info
Architects: OMA
Location:  Shanghai, China
Area: 1500.0 m2
Competition Partners in charge: David Gianotten, Michael Kokora
Competition Associate in charge: Paolo Caracini
Competition Project Architect: Ricky Suen
Competition Team: Paul Feeney, Vincent McIlduff, Yuye Peng, Tony Yang, with Mafalda Brandao, Thomas Brown, Gemawang Swaribathoro, Stella Tong, Mavis Wong, Shu Yang
Structure Consultancy: Ramboll
Client: LuJiaZui Central Financial District (Phase II)
Year: 2017
Type: Cultural Center

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