Following an international competition, OMA has been picked to transform the Shanghai’s waterfront with a new exhibition centre inspired by the site’s industrial shipyard heritage.

The 1,500-square-metre ‘Shanghai Lujiazui Exhibition Centre’ will occupy the ramp of a disused ship cradle suspended above a semi-circular public plaza.

The boxy structure will be wrapped in a metallic mesh that partially exposes the building’s steel frame, echoing the unfinished ship hulls, which once occupied the area.

Contained within the raised armature will be exhibition and gallery spaces, while outside, the area beneath the ramp will host film screenings, fashion shows, and concerts.

OMA was appointed by Lujiazui Central Financial District (Phase II) Development Corporation to design and execute the building.

The Exhibition Centre is expected to be opened to public at the end of 2015.

Courtesy Bustler