Date: 8 January 2021
A landmark building belonging to contemporary art - Museum of Art Pudong in Shanghai Financial Center of Lujiazui is located on the Lujiazui coastlines, next to the Oriental Pearl Tower and the International Convention Center, and on the other side is the spectacular historic architectural complex of the Bund, which covers an area of 13000 square meters, with a total building area of 40,000 square meters and a height of about 30 meters. The super-large glasses of the architectural complex are built by Tianjin NorthGlass.
Museum of Art Pudong is known as a “poetic location” with a 7-story structure with 54000 square meters of space, including exhibition areas, theatres, rooftop terraces with sculpture gardens and restaurants, various catering facilities, libraries and staff offices and large view corridors facing the Bund.
The design of the building is inspired by the supreme art movement, it achieves an abstract aesthetic taste through the arrangement of points, lines, surfaces, the outside of the building is wrapped in white granite, which in essence is a solid image in the Shanghai skyline. The same "raindrop" marks engraved in the thick stone surface are the symbols of the heaven gift, smart spirit, natural wisdom in Chinese traditional culture.
Designed by the Pritzker Prize winner and famous French architect Jean Nouvel, Museum of Art Pudong is facing the Bund architectural complex across the river. How to reflect the landscape, inherit the history of Shanghai, and display the vitality of Shanghai today with contemporary art is the key to the design of the museum. Jean Nouvel, inspired by Duchamp's “The Large Glass”, uses the fourth dimension of time to meet all requirements.
Jean Nouvel said: “The building looks comfortable and unique at night with the surrounding landmarks.” After the completion of Museum of Art Pudong, supplemented by collection, appreciation, creation, public art education, international and domestic art academic exchanges, cultural tourism, it has seven functions, such as collection and storage, academic research, display, education promotion, cultural exchange, public service, and urban tourism.
As a landmark cultural building, what kind of symbolic significance will the design of Museum of Art Pudong? Chen Chen, the architect of Jean Nouvel office, denied that the museum has no symbolic meaning, and “ because it is everything. It is also a supreme constitution, a tribute to Duchamp’s fourth dimension, and an explanation of the tension in all space, which can not be likened. You can find a lot of things in this project, a lot of things that make you feel emotionally. The ultimate goal of placing all the elements in all the buildings of Jean Nouvel is to make an impression.”
Exterior facade of Museum of Art Pudong is made of super-thick and super energy-saving glass, with a maximum height of 12 meters and a weight of 10 tons and a thickness of 130 mm. In the soft room through the crystal clear glass to enjoy the water of the Huangpu River.
The back is a one-way perspective glass, the two groups of glass form a mirror glass interface, a 5 meters wide landscape channel is in the middle, the whole facade and electronic fluorescent screen combine to form a part of the photoelectric glass. Super glass of exterior wall can present different Bund landscape over time, it can not only show the spectacular architectural style of all countries, but also LED screen can become the stage of artists, which can provide an extremely rich visual experience for art painting and art exhibition.
NorthGlass helps architects realize their great dreams through innovation and opens a window for Lujiazui to show the masterpieces of world art. The completion of Museum of Art Pudong has added “finishing touch” to Lujiazui area, which becomes a new bright spot for Pudong to build high-end business culture belt along the river, and becomes a new landmark of Shanghai international cultural venues and an important platform for international cultural and artistic exchanges.