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The Cloud and Pavilions - Shanghai West Bund Biennial
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DESIGNER
 
 
Schmidt Hammer Lassen
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DESCRIPTION
 
schmidt hammer lassen Shanghai West Bund BiennialBased on the themes Reflecta and Fabrica, the biennial showcases contemporary architecture, art and theatre. schmidt hammer lassen architects were invited to design pavilions alongside some of China’s most respected architects and selected international architectural practices, including the 2012 Pritzker Prize winner Wang Shu.

The contribution of schmidt hammer lassen architects consists of an art installation pavilion, The Cloud, and a composition of pavilions containing support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop. The pavilions are placed adjacent to one of two industrial cranes on the Xuhui West Bank Riverside. The tall crane stands as an icon that people all over the world can recognize and relate to and symbolizes balance, performance and gravity. The aim of the art installation pavilion, The Cloud, is to amplify and contrast these qualities.

schmidt hammer lassen Shanghai West Bund BiennialThe Cloud pavilion is the quintessence of lightness, immateriality and fuzziness,” explained Kristian Lars Ahlmark, partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “By hanging hundreds of white ropes from the pavilion’s ceiling, an effect is created where The Cloud is always changing. Visitors moving or a light breeze creates a subtle movement of the ropes, underlining the organic nature of the installation and the immateriality of the space. In Chinese culture, a cloud is an important symbol and a sign of good fortune.”

By following the path along the riverside, visitors are led to The Cloud and can walk through it as part of their stroll through the biennial area.

schmidt hammer lassen Shanghai West Bund BiennialA clear visual connection to the history and the industrial nature of the site is created by the support facility pavilions. These are clad in Corten steel. Their colour and texture underline the pavilions’ relation to the industrial heritage. The shape and orientation of the pavilions were determined by the views towards the nearby bridge, the crane and the river. While The Cloud is intended for experience, interaction and activity, the support facility pavilions are for contemplation, rest and relaxation.

“We have collaborated with the client, Xuhui Development Corporation, on a number of projects in and around the West Bank site in Shanghai and these projects are all still in design development. The biennial pavilions, however, were conceived, designed and built in only three months, which is a massive achievement and a sign of good collaboration between the client, Tongji University and schmidt hammer lassen architects,” stated Chris Hardie, associate partner and head of schmidt hammer lassen architectsShanghai office.

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art is promoting Shanghai as a centre for architecture and fine art. Yung Ho Chang (Zhang Yonghe), former head of the Department of Architecture at MIT and one of China’s most respected architects, is the overall curator for the biennial, which will run from 19 October to 19 December 2013.
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LOCATION
 
Continent
Asia
Nation
China [Zhōngguó/Zhōnghuá]
Municipality
Shanghai
Town
Shanghai
District
Xuhui
 
 
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TYPOLOGY
 
ARCHITECTURE
Buildings for cultural activities
Art galleries and exhibition areas
Commercial buildings
Bars, cafeterias
Other architectural structures
Pavilions, kiosks, facilities
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CHRONOLOGY
 
Project
2013    
Realisation
2013 - 2013
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CLIENT
 
 
Xuhui Development Corporation
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DIMENSIONAL
DATA
 
Surface
The Cloud pavilion sq.m. 190
Support facility pavilions sq.m. 240
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STAFF
 
Architect of record
TJAD, Tongji University
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CREDITS
 
 
Photos © schmidt hammer lassen architects
Text edited by schmidt hammer lassen architects
Courtesy by schmidt hammer lassen architects

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