MOCAPE WAS BUILT IN 2016 AND HAS REDEFINED THE VERY CONCEPT OF THE MUSEUM. THE INNOVATIVE VISIONARY STRUCTURE WILL MAKE AN ENORMOUS IMPACT ON THE SURROUNDING URBAN LANDSCAPE
In emerging counties, because of its high intrinsic and symbolic value, architecture is considered to be the expression of cultural and economic ambitions from public and private enterprises. Through the construction of skyscrapers that stretch high into the sky, architecture epitomizes the image of a country’s or company’s success.
However, China would appear to be changing direction and expand in a horizontal rather than a vertical direction. In actual fact, MOCAPE is challenging the charge of vertical skyscrapers with a horizontal block that can generate a new genius loci. The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) has been built in Shenzhen, a sub-provincial city of the People’s Republic of China, in the Guangdong province of south continental China. The museum complex is included in the masterplan for the Futian Cultural District, a major development project for the creation of a cultural district for the city. The complex includes two different institutions that coherently interact and relate with the cultural contents: The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE), are large spaces designed for architecture exhibitions.
The two museums share some facilities: the hall, the multifunctional exhibition halls, an auditorium, conference halls and service amenities. It has been created at the center of a space surrounded by trees, the complex emerges with all of the iconic power of a structure perceived as a container for contemporary art works and in its own right as a work of art on an urban scale. The main entrance, positioned between the two museum buildings, leads to a system of panoramic escalators with breath-taking views over the unusual technological landscape. The interiors of the museum project clear influences of extra-terrestrial worlds through the astonishing scenography of floors and surfaces shaped by hurricanes and centrifugal forces. One eye-catching feature of the interior space is the suspended ‘cloud’ that orients visitors to the coffee bar, the library and the museum’s book shop. The plans for the complex satisfy the very latest criteria of environmental sustainability; the utility systems reduce the use of external energy sources, replacing them with renewable sources such as solar power and geothermal energy (with a water-cooling plant).
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