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Schmidt hammer designs pavilion at Shanghai West Bund Biennial in China

27 Oct 2013 (Last Updated October 27th, 2013 18:30)

Denmark-based schmidt hammer lassen architects has designed an art installation and a series of support facility pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art in China.

Shanghai West Bund Biennial

Denmark-based schmidt hammer lassen architects has designed an art installation and a series of support facility pavilions at the Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art in China.

The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art has been developed to promote the Chinese city as a centre for architecture and fine art.

The facility houses a 190m² art installation pavilion, dubbed The Cloud, and a series pavilions featuring support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop.

Based on the themes of Reflecta and Fabrica, the architectural firm designed two different pavilions.

The first is a series of three steel and glass boxes located under the walkway which will be used as support pavilions.

"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."

According to the plans, the pavilions will be built next to one of two industrial cranes on Xuhui West Bank Riverside.

The Cloud is intended as a place for experience and activity, while the support pavilions were designed for rest and relaxation.

The architectural firm said it determined the shape and orientation of the pavilions by the views towards the nearby bridge, the crane and the river.

Schmidt hammer lassen architects partner Kristian Lars Ahlmark said by hanging hundreds of white ropes from the pavilion’s ceiling, The Cloud creates an effect of constant change.

"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," Ahlmark said.


Image: The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art in China. Photo: courtesy of schmidt hammer lassen architects.