OMA was recently chosen as the winner of the Lujiazui Exhibition Center design competition in Shanghai. Located along the city's Huangpu River, the project site will take over the former 'Shanghai Shipyard' and provide views out towards one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world. Inspired by the site's maritime history, OMA set the exhibition structure atop a former ship cradle and crafted its form in the likeness of an unfinished ship hull.
The new Exhibition Center will serve as a major culture and event hub for the famous financial district of Lujiazui. Set atop a ramp, the building is designed as a “spatial armature” that rises above the events plaza. The covered space located beneath the ramp serves as a second and more intimate exhibition area.
To allude to the area’s industrial past, the building is wrapped in a metallic mesh that exposes the underlying steel structure. In contrast to the building’s angular form, the landscape radiates out from the building in the shape of concentric half-circle bands. The Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Center is expected to open to the public at the end of 2015.
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