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Chipperfield reveals Shanghai Pompidou vision

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David Chipperfield Architects has unveiled plans for a new 24,000m² Pompidou Centre outpost in Shanghai

The project forms part of the a new waterfront complex known as the West Bund Art Museum, which is under construction and due to complete next year.  

It is understood the Pompidou Centre will initially sign a five-year lease to take space for up to 20 exhibitions in a wing of the new museum.

Chipperfield’s design features three 18m-tall exhibition spaces, a triple-storey lobby, riverside café pavilion, rooftop viewing terrace and a landscaped sunken courtyard.

According to a project statement by the practice: ‘The aim of the design is to create a special place at the riverside where visitors can visit a museum and also enjoy the riverside and the views to downtown Shanghai.

‘Due to its situation as a solitaire at the northmost point where the road and the river diverge to form a generous green park, the museum will be the prime cultural entity that visitors encounter when coming to the Xuhui Riverside District via the Shanghai Corniche. The building will have a strong relationship to its surroundings.’

Meanwhile it has emerged that almost half the shortlisted teams in the international competition for the’ planned £105 million outpost of the Pompidou Centre in Brussels are from the UK.

Caruso St John Architects, 6A and Sergison Bates feature on three of the seven multidisciplinary teams chosen from 92 entries for the competition’s next round.

The other shortlisted teams are OMA, New York’s Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Berlin-based Ortner & Ortner, and Christ & Gantenbein of Basel.

Among the many UK applicants longlisted for the commission were David Chipperfield Architects, AL_A, Foster + Partners, Heneghan Peng, Jamie Fobert with Purcell, Stanton Williams, Tony Fretton, WilkinsonEyre and Zaha Hadid.

The contest site, known as Citroën Yser, is a 1930s Art Deco car factory, designed by French architect Maurice-Jacques Ravazé and Belgian architects Alexis Dumont and Marcel Van Goethem. The complex occupies a prominent plot in the centre of the Belgian capital, overlooking the city’s main canal.

There is also a Pompidou Centre in the north-eastern French town of Metz, designed by Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, which opened in 2010.

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