Having designed what is arguably Beijing’s most recognizable building, CCTV, OMA is ready to make a similar, if slightly smaller, mark in Shanghai. They’ve just won a commission to design the Lujiazui Exhibiton Centre, located on the northern edge of Shanghai Pudong, a famed tower-filled area along the Huangpu River.
View of the exhibition center’s visible steel structure (OMA)
The project, sponsored by the Lujiazui Central Financial District Development Corporation, takes its cues from its formerly industrial location along the former Shanghai Shipyard, and actually sits on a former ship cradle.
It will be wrapped in a metallic mesh, exposing its steel structure and recalling the under-construction boat hulls once common on the site. The firm plans to transform the nautical ramp into a large-scale theatrical space for events, carving out a covered plaza under the elevated, cantilevered building. Completion is set for the end of next year, a lighting fast schedule for anywhere but China.Aerial view of the center, with its large plaza (OMA) “Hanging box” over the plaza and the waterfront (OMA) Building axonometric showing exhibition spaces within the steel armature. (OMA)