SHL Architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the HuangPu River in Shanghai

Shl architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the huangpu river in shanghai
© Peter Dixie

As part of the regeneration and development of the West Bund area in Shanghai, Danish architects Schmidt Hammer Lassen have completed a permanent exhibition and art pavilion on the riverside promenade.

In 2013, SHL were commissioned by West Bund to create a series of pavilions as part of the West Bund Biennale of Art & Architecture, curated by renowned Chinese architect Zhang Yonghe, and architecture Professor and curator Li Xiangning.

Shl architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the huangpu river in shanghai
© Peter Dixie

The Cloud Pavilion, was an ephemeral pavilion consisting of two white surfaces and 20,000 pieces of white rope. Intended as a counterpoint to the heavy industrial cranes on the waterfront and as a place for contemplation and rest along the HuangPu River, the pavilion was designed to last for the 2 month duration of the Biennale. Due to the success of the pavilion it remained in place for over 2 years.

Shl architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the huangpu river in shanghai
© Peter Dixie

In 2015, the West Bund commissioned SHL to redesign the pavilion as a permanent space for art and events. The project brief was to maintain the steel structure of the original pavilion, create a minimium of 100m² space for events and small exhibitions, provide a small kitchen with storage, and maintain the original notion from the Biennale pavilion of a ‘cloud’.

Shl architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the huangpu river in shanghai
© Peter Dixie

Chris Hardie, design partner at Schmidt Hammer Lassen states,

The new pavilion creates a singular space in the form of an extruded glass cloud. The cloud shape in plan directly relates to the cartoon like form associated with how a child would draw a cloud, and how clouds are often seen depicted in traditional Chinese prints. The cloud is considered a symbol of luck in ancient Chinese painting.

At night the ceiling is illuminated against a reflective mirrored surface giving the illusion of an abstract floating cloud along the riverfront, and acts as a marker for citizens to meet and rest.

Shl architects complete exhibition pavilion on the banks of the huangpu river in shanghai
© Peter Dixie

The Cloud Pavilion is just one of many projects currently being designed by Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects along the Huang Pu River in Shanghai. The studio is working together with the Dream Center to develop a new 1800 seat Broadway Muscial Theatre, a 300 seat live music venue within a former industrial dome structure, and the convertion of a cement factory warehouse into a creative Art & Design Hub. In addition to this the studio are also working on the design of a new 25,000m² district Performance Arts Centre for the Xuhui district government, and the new Headquarters for the Shanghai Development Bank as part of the Green Valley development at the former Expo site.

Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today.
Aline Chahine
Aline Chahine
Aline is an international licensed architect currently practicing in Canada, she is the reason you are reading this right now, Aline founded the platform back in 2008 shaping the very foundation of Architecture Lab, her exemplary content curation process that defines the online magazine today. Highlights Aline founded Architecture Lab in 2008 Lead editor of dan | dailyarchnews since 2019 Founded and Creative Director of DesignRaid Licensed architect with creative sales and marketing experience Experience As full-fledged architect, Aline's background involved a great deal of research that lead to the creation of Architecture Lab as an online database of exemplary design. Her experience snowballed into founding two architecture platforms, Architecture Lab and DesignRaid. Education Aline received USEK’s Master of Architecture in 2004 and BA in English from the University of Toronto
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