Coop Himmelb(l)au | Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition, Shenzhen (China) 2007 – 2015, by Coop Himmelb(l)au

Coop Himmelb(l)au | Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition by Coop Himmelb(l)au

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.

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition by Coop Himmelb(l)au

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was founded by Wolf D. Prix, Helmut Swiczinsky, and Michael Holzer in Vienna, Austria, in 1968, and is active in architecture, urban planning, design, and art. In 1988, a second studio was opened in Los Angeles, USA. Further project offices are located in Frankfurt, Germany and Paris, France. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs currently 150 team members from nineteen nations. Recognized as seminal for the architecture of the future, the works of COOP HIMMELB(L)AU have continually been the subject of international exhibitions.

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