• SUBSCRIBE NOW
SEARCH

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU plans MOCAPE as the new urban centre of Shenzhen

by Cheryl Lau on Nov 25, 2016 in Architecture
Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on Google+Share on Sina WeiboShare on Tencent WeiboEmail this to someone
All images © Szeto Wing courtesy COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

All images © Szeto Wing courtesy COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

The construction of the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) designed by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has been completed

p_0711_b025

The space was opened in September 2016

High officials and a bunch of active guests joined the September opening celebration to acknowledge MOCAPE – the new attraction in Shenzhen's fast growing urban fabric.

From left: Mr. XU Chongguang, Head of Urban Planning Institute, Shenzhen, Mr. Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU, Mr. Markus Prossnigg, Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.  Image courtesy Szeto Wing

From left: Xu Chongguang, Head of Urban Planning Institute, Shenzhen; Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU;
Markus Prossnigg, Partner of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.

The project integrates two separate yet structurally unified institutions: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE) as a cultural meeting area and a spot for architectural exhibitions. Both bodies emphasise their individual functional and artistic elements yet merged in a monolithic body embraced by a multifunctional facade.

Image courtesy COOP HIMMELB(L)AU

Birdseye view

p_0711_b027-min

Inside the structure

Behind the entrance area between the museums, visitors ascend to the main level and enter the "Plaza" where they find the silvery shining and softly deformed "Cloud". The Cloud hosts a number of public functions such as the café, book store and museum store. It also joins the exhibitions rooms of both museums with bridges and ramps.

p_0711_b035-min

Striking details on the exterior create a dynamic sense of movement

With its uneven surface the Cloud opens into the space indicating the idea of two museums under one roof. As Mr. Wolf D. Prix says, "Museum space is like a three-dimensional Chinese Garden".

, , , , , , , , ,

Recent Posts

  • “Fifty-two years of marathons”: Sir Terry Farrell is justifiably
proud of his Royal Town Planning Institute Gold Medal

    Postmodern reflections


    Sir Terry Farrell speaks to Perspective about Hong Kong’s accidental planning and his relationship with Nicholas Grimshaw

    Posted on Jan 16, 2018
    View
  • 2017 RCR BellLlocWinery_1

    Pritzker Prize predictions


    The 2018 edition of the Pritzker Prize marks the 40th anniversary of the esteemed architectural accolade

    Posted on Jan 15, 2018
    View
  • The W1 London (2)

    Luxury London living


    The W1 London, an eagerly anticipated boutique development on Marylebone High Street with a rich musical history, has just been unveiled.

    Posted on Jan 11, 2018
    View
  • The Bund Finance Centre is a 420,000sqm mixed-use waterfront development on the Bund of Shanghai Photo: Foster + Partners and Heatherwick Studio

    On the waterfront


    The Bund Finance Center, a huge mixed-use waterfront development, reconnects Shanghai’s old and new

    Posted on Jan 2, 2018
    View
Top