|logon | urban.architecture.design - Shanghai Museum of Glass|
|Thursday, 07 July 2011 08:59|
Located in Shanghai’s Baoshan District, this former glass-manufacturing site covers a total area of around 30,000m2, and includes thirty existing buildings of various age and scale. logon proposed a 20 year strategic development plan, renaming the site to G+ Glass Theme Park (Glass, Art, Research and Technology Park). Phase one includes the Shanghai Museum of Glass and a hot glass show.
Implementing a museum within the first phase of the development will help to shed some light on the Baoshan district where it is located and its community. As the site location is not well known, the museum should help in increasing the value of the surrounding land. Following phases of G+ Glass Theme Park include a sculpture yard in phase two, a science park in phase three, and a business park in phase four all supported by commercial facilities planned to be complete by 2018.
This concept of glass museum is quite unique in China; Logon describes the project as a ‘Type Two’ multifunctional glass museum.
‘Type Two’ museums are usually located on the outskirts of town, away from city centres and therefore lack the convenience of public transportation. While people enjoy visiting a major museum located downtown, but apprehend the two hours ride to smaller museums with smaller content. These museums need to be multifunctional; they must provide enough activities and entertainment to attract people, enhancing the experience of the visitors. In addition to its glass themed exhibition, the Shanghai Museum of Glass offers hot glass shows, DIY workshops, lectures, libraries, and other interactive activities all designed to attract and educate a variety of target groups, creating value and incentive for people to visit.
The adaptive reuse incorporates old and new ideas. The Entrance Plaza is the face of the museum enabling immediate recognition and recall for visitors where it guides people into the museum, hot glass show and surrounding areas. The new entrance building stands on the Entrance Plaza acting as a welcoming platform for the museum.
Contrasting the dark facade with the bright lobby interior creates a unique first impression for visitors to the museum. The facade is made from U shaped glass imported from Germany, sand blasted and enamelled to reveal transparent glass-related words in various languages.
Behind the glass facade is a LED backlight that allows light to glow through each word on its black background; the final effect is breathtaking by night. The Shanghai Museum of Glass wants to educate and entertain thousands of visitors whilst adding value to the local district government and people for years to come.
|Last Updated on Thursday, 07 July 2011 09:45|