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.
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.
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.
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".