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Chipperfield shortlisted for two Shanghai showstoppers

Shanghai pudong skyline image by simon desmarais
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David Chipperfield Architects (DCA) has reached the final round in two competitions for major new cultural venues in Pudong, Shanghai

The 2011 Royal Gold Medallist is shortlisted alongside Jean Nouvel, SANAA and Open for the new Art Museum of Pudong.

The London-based firm is also in contention for a new library in the famous high-rise district of the Chinese city. It is vying against French architect Dominique Perrault and another, as yet undisclosed, practice.

The art museum will be located on a vacant plot within Pudong’s Lujiazui Central Business District close to the 468m-tall Oriental Pearl TV Tower (pictured, to left).

The prominent site, overlooking Huangpu River and Shanghai’s historic ‘Bund’ promenade, has been earmarked for a landmark building intended to complete Pudong’s towering skyline.

The winners of each cultural venue contest are expected to be announced imminently.

The Lujiazui peninsula, formerly a shipyard featuring many factories and warehouses, was reconstructed as a 31.78km2 office district in the 1990s. OMA won a competition for a new waterfront conference centre within the district two years ago.

Alongside the Oriental Pearl Tower, other Lujiazui landmarks include KPF’s Shanghai World Financial Centre, Nikken Sekkei’s Bank of China Tower and the SOM-designed Jin Mao Tower.

Chipperfield’s shortlistings comes less than a year after the firm won a landmark contest to regenerate Paris’s waterfront Immeuble Morland office building. The scheme will see the 1964 structure, which backs onto the river Seine, extended and opened up to provide new housing, a youth hostel, hotel facilities, offices, retail outlets and a food market.

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