The Coop Himmelb(l)au-designed Museum of Contemporary Art and Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) has opened in Shenzhen, China.The megastructure consists of two institutions, a modern art gallery and an architecture-focused meeting and exhibition space, connected by a shared plaza, multi-use conference rooms, exhibit space, auditoriums, a library and lobby.
The two institutions are united beneath a transparent facade, which creates a vast column-free space for exhibiting art in the museum section of the attraction.
The central plaza is marked by a huge silver sculptural “cloud”, which leads via a series of ramps and walkways to the café, museum shop, book shop and other rooms.
“With its curved surface the Cloud opens into the space reflecting the idea of two museums under one roof,” said the firm.
Meanwhile, Coop Himmelb(l)au's Haus des Brotes (The House of Bread), for bread company Backaldrin, is currently under construction in Asten, north Austria.