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Museum of Art Pudong

Architect: Jean Nouvel
Address: 2777 Binjiang Avenue

The museum looks standard and balanced, or to say “reserved” and “introverted.” But it’s not dwarfed by towering skyscrapers in the bustling Lujiazui area.

From simple geometric designs to restrained decor, the marble-and-glass rectangle along the Huangpu River is a reminder that art matters. There’s also something to be said about tactfully blending into your surroundings.

Jean Nouvel himself said: ‘I’m playing a game with the Huangpu River and surrounding spaces.”

The design was meant to blur the distinction between the structure and the environment.

“I hope the museum can naturally, seamlessly, integrate into the surroundings, like a serene sculpture rather than an individual building,” he said.

Hence, a 53-meter-long bridge stretches from the second floor and links the museum to the waterfront platform, creating an integrated space. Facing the river are two “glass halls,” one with a height of 6 meters, the other at 12 meters.

One side is paved with glass, allowing people to enjoy beautiful views of the Bund across the river, and the other side has high-reflective LEDs, mirroring the Bund view. The design echoes with the river and creates a subtle blend of light, art and image.

Small facts: Two new exhibitions will soon come to the museum. ‘Design for Fun” is set to begin September 28, and “The Dynamic Eye: Op and Kinetic Art from the Tate Collection” will open on September 30. Masterpieces by Jesus Rafael Soto, Victor Vasarley, Ettore Sottsass, Alessandro Mendini and more will be displayed.


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