The Lujiazui Harbour City Exhibiton Centre is located on the northern and most recent development of Shanghai Pudong, along 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 shipbuilding 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.
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 film 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.
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.
OMA was appointed by Lujiazui Central Financial District (Phase II) Development Corporation to design and execute the building in November 2014.
COLLABORATORS COMPETITION Structure Consultancy: Ramboll Facade Consultancy: Front POST- COMPETITION Structure, Facade, Lighting Consultancy: ARUP Local Design Institute: China Shipbuilding NDRI Engineering Co., Ltd Facade: Wuhan Lingyun Building Decoration Engineering Co., Ltd Multimedia: Dynamic Artworks Signage: RTKL
Project: Shanghai Lujiazui Harbour City Exhibition Centre Status: Completed Client: LuJiaZui Central Financial District (Phase II) Development Corporation Location: Shanghai, China Site: LujiaZui, Pudong Program: 1500m2 - Exhibition, Retail Competition Team Partners in charge: David Gianotten, Michael Kokora Associate in charge: Paolo Caracini Project Architect: Ricky Suen Team: Paul Feeney, Vincent McIlduff, Yuye Peng, Tony Yang, with Mafalda Brandao, Thomas Brown, Gemawang Swaribathoro, Stella Tong, Mavis Wong, Shu Yang Schematic Design & Design Development Partner in charge: Michael Kokora Associate in charge: Daan Ooievaar Project Architect: Ricky Suen Team: Charles Lai, Vincent McIlduff, Slobodan Radoman, Tony Yang, with Joanna Gu, Mafalda Brandao Construction Documentation & Construction Administration Partner in Charge: David Gianotten Associate in charge: Daan Ooievaar Project Architect: Ricky Suen Team: Charles Lai, Slobodan Radoman, with Joanna Gu Interiors Partner in Charge: David Gianotten Associate in charge: Daan Ooievaar Project Architect: Ricky Suen Team: Charles Lai, Katja Lam, Slobodan Radoman, with Joanna Gu, Mafalda Brandao, Adisak Yavilas