The Museum of Contemporary Arts and Planning Exhibition is a symbolic cultural institution that confirms the importance of the Shenzhen region and provides an intimate and meaningful public building for the Futian Center District.
Our competition entry represents a pair of hands coming together and interlocking. This universally recognised gesture of unity also signifies respect and humbleness. The new museum is a city within the city, where the external envelope evolves from a dialogue with the neighbouring buildings and encloses a new internal square, a protected space of tranquillity and calm, with the characteristics of the traditional Chinese courtyard. The building has two principal wings: the Contemporary Art Museum is on one side and the Planning Exhibition on the other. The public square between the two provides a venue for outdoor sculpture, a meeting place for communal activities, and a restaurant. The dialogue is further enhanced through the site landscaping, where the plan of the city is recreated at a small scale with water features and hard landscaping that frames a pedestrian route.
The dramatic form of the cantilevered museum galleries represents a charging bull, the energetic force and symbol of the city driving forward. This sculptural form is constructed from concrete and full-height steel trusses, with glazed openings that control the daylight levels internally and give selected views out. Within these large volumes, ramps, staircases and escalators link the free-flowing form of the open plan interior with spectacular double or triple height spaces. The fragmented shapes that make up the museum will create a dynamic cultural landmark and a tranquil oasis for private contemplation.