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December 15, 2014

OMA to design Lujiazui Exhibition Centre in Shanghai Pudong

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Netherlands-based OMA has won a competition to design the Lujiazui Exhibition Centre on a 1,500m² space in Shanghai Pudong on the site of the former Shanghai Shipyard.

Lujiazui central financial district (phase three) development corporation appointed OMA to design and execute the building in November of this year.

Located on the northern development of Shanghai Pudong along the Huangpu River, the Lujiazui Exhibiton Centre is claimed to be one of the most photographed waterfronts in the world.

"The building will be wrapped in a metallic mesh that partially exposes its structure, evoking images of the unfinished ship hulls that used to populate the site."

Positioned on the ramp of a former ship cradle, the new Exhibition Centre provides a concentrated event space within the surrounding financial district.

According to OMA, the centre has been conceived as a ‘spatial armature,’ suspended above a plaza, connected to another exhibition space beneath the ramp.

The building offers opportunities for film screenings, fashion shows and concerts.

The existing ramp has been transformed into a large-scale theatrical space for events while the covered plaza under the elevated box can be used for more intimate gatherings.

Expected to be opened to public by 2015-end, the building will be wrapped in a metallic mesh that partially exposes its structure, evoking images of the unfinished ship hulls that used to populate the site.

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