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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Shanghai West Bund Biennial Opens

By schmidt hammer lassen architects

Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art, China, officially opened this week, and has pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects...

Based on the themes Reflecta and Fabrica, the biennial showcases contemporary architecture, art and theatre. The Shanghai West Bund Biennial for Architecture and Contemporary Art is promoting Shanghai as a centre for architecture and fine art. And these pavilions were conceived, designed and built in just three months.

Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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The contribution of schmidt hammer lassen architects consists of an art installation pavilion, The Cloud, and a composition of pavilions containing support facilities including a café, a gallery and a bookshop. The pavilions are placed adjacent to one of two industrial cranes on the Xuhui West Bank Riverside. The tall crane stands as an icon that people all over the world can recognize and relate to and symbolizes balance, performance and gravity. The aim of the art installation pavilion, The Cloud, is to amplify and contrast these qualities.

Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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The Cloud pavilion is the quintessence of lightness, immateriality and fuzziness,” explained Kristian Lars Ahlmark, partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “By hanging hundreds of white ropes from the pavilion’s ceiling, an effect is created where The Cloud is always changing. 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.”

Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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By following the path along the riverside, visitors are led to The Cloud and can walk through it as part of their stroll through the biennial area.
 
Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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Shanghai West Bund Biennial pavilions designed by Danish schmidt hammer lassen architects.
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A clear visual connection to the history and the industrial nature of the site is created by the support facility pavilions. These are clad in Corten steel. Their colour and texture underline the pavilions’ relation to the industrial heritage. The shape and orientation of the pavilions were determined by the views towards the nearby bridge, the crane and the river. While The Cloud is intended for experience, interaction and activity, the support facility pavilions are for contemplation, rest and relaxation.

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