COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner presents new images of the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), Shenzhen, China.
Completion of construction of the COOP HIMMELB(L)AU designed project combining two museums under one roof was grandiously celebrated on September 25 in Shenzhen, China.
At the ceremony attended by high officials and a big crowd of interested visitors, Mr. Wolf D. Prix, Design Principal and CEO of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU said that the space of the Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) is like a “three-dimensional Chinese Garden”.
Latest photographs, taken by Duccio Malagamba, feature Shenzhen’s new cultural meeting point and a venue for architectural exhibitions.
The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), part of the master plan for Shenzhen’s new urban center, the Futian Cultural District, establishes itself as a new attraction in Shenzhen’s fast growing urban fabric.
The project is conceived as the synergetic combination of two institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE), whose various programmatic elements, although each articulated according to their functional and performative requirements, are merged in a monolithic body enveloped by a multifunctional façade.
The transparency of this façade and the interior lighting concept allow for a view from outside through the exterior envelope deep into the volume of the space, thereby particularly accentuating the shared entrance and circulation space between the two museum volumes.
At the same time, the building skin also allows unhindered view from the inside on the cityscape while giving the visitor the impression of being in a pleasantly shaded outdoor area—an impression enhanced by very wide spans which allow for completely open, column-free and flexible exhibition halls with heights ranging from 6 to 17 meters.
Upon entering the large interstitial space between the two museum volumes, the visitors can, via ramps and escalators, reach the main level, where a kind of public plaza serves as the circulation hub for the whole complex and as orientation and starting point for museum tours.
From here also many auxiliary public and private facilities are accessible, including cultural services, a multifunctional hall, several auditoria, a library, a cafe, a book store, and a museum store. Source by COOP HIMMELB(L)AU.
- Location: Shenzhen, China
- Architects: COOP HIMMELB(L)AU
- Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
- Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
- Design Architects: Quirin Krumbholz, Jörg Hugo, Mona Bayr
- Project Architects: Angus Schoenberger, Veronika Janovska, Tyler Bornstein
- Project Coordination: Xinyu Wan
- Project Team: Jessie Castro, Jessie Chen, Jasmin Dieterle, Luis Ferreira, Peter Grell, Paul Hoszowsky, Dimitar Ivanov, Ivana Jug, Zhu Yuang Kang, Alexander Karaivanov, Nam La-Chi, Rodelle Lee, Feng Lei, Megan Lepp, Samuel Liew, Thomas Margaretha, Jens Mehlan, Ivo de Nooijer, Reinhard Platzl, Vincenzo Possenti, Pete Rose, Ana Santos, Jutta Schädler, Günther Weber, Chen Yue
- Digital Project Team: Angus Schoenberger, Matt Kirkham, Jasmin Dieterle, Jonathan Asher, Jan Brosch
- Local Architects: HSArchitects, Shenzhen, China
- Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
- Mechanical Engineering: Reinhold Bacher, Vienna, Austria
- Lighting Design: AG Licht, Bonn, Germany
- Cost Management: Davis Langdon & Seah, Hong Kong, China
- Client: Shenzhen Municipal Culture Bureau, Shenzhen, China, Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau, Shenzhen, China
- Site Area: 21,688 m2
- Gross Floor Area: 80,000 m2
- Building Height/Length/Width: 40 m / 160 m / 140 m
- Number of Stories: 7
- Completion: 2016
- Photographs: Duccio Malagamba, Courtesy of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU