OMA wins competition to design Shanghai Exhibition Center

Lujiazui Exhibiton Centre_Copyright OMA

Dutch firm OMA has won an international competition to design an exhibition centre in Shanghai with plans to transform a former shipyard into a 1,500m exhibition space.

The project, named the Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre, is set to be located in an area of the waterfront know as the Shanghai Shipyard, marking the long history as the centre of the marine industry.

It will be positioned on a ramp of a former ship cradle and provide  a space for various events surrounding the financial district.


Focused around a semi-circular public plaza and a large outdoor theatrical space that is planned to utilise the slope of the ramp, the space will host film screenings, fashion shows and concerts.

A narrow building to one side will extend from the slope, while the box-like volume will shelter a small area for intimate gatherings behind the building.

A statement from the firm said: “OMA conceived the Exhibition Centre as a ‘spatial armature’, suspended above a plaza and connected to another exhibition space the ramp.

“The building’s materiality and architecture establish a dialogue with the site’s industrial past; a mysterious object wrapped in a metallic mesh exposes its steel structure, echoing the unfinished ship hulls which used to populate the site.”

The Exhibition Centre  is set to be open to the public by the end of 2015.

The firm are also planning its Dubai office opening. An exact date for the opening is still unknown.



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