A new icon on the Bund: The Shanghai Bund is a world-famous attraction, and any addition to its skyline requires careful considerations. Located at the tip of Pudong's Lujiazui CBD area, right below the iconic Oriental Pearl Tower, the Museum of Art Pudong (MAP) is a wonderful new addition to the iconic skyline that symbolises modern Shanghai across the Huangpu River.
The building is a beautiful merger between the simplicity of modernity and Chinese Cultural characteristics. Designed by worldwide renowned architect Jean Nouvel, who created architectural masterpieces with outstanding design such as the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the National Museum of Qatar in Doha, and Tongji Architectural Design Group (TJAD) known for many building projects such as the Shanghai Natural History Museum and Shanghai Xintiandi.
The four-storey white granite building will have two large glass wall sections, so the interior will be visible from the Bund, across the river. The highly reflective glass will also reflect the beautiful scene of the river onto the museum, creating a sense of belonging to its surrounding. A skybridge connects the building to the bank of Huangpu River. ERCO takes part in lighting up the exhibition spaces in this iconic addition to the river.
A 7-floor structure spanning 40,000 square meters of habitable space, the Museum will become a multi-use complex for the arts, featuring galleries of multiple heights, a theatre, roof terrace with sculpture garden and restaurant, and large viewing gallery facing across the Bund. The design focuses on geometric forms and plays with volume in different spaces, creating different scene in each part of the building.
ERCO Parscan spotlights in 3500K and 4000K was used across all the galleries. Depending on the needs on the artwork, we mixed the light distribution in spotlight, flood, oval-flood, and wall-washers to achieve different light effects. The accent light highlights the art pieces while the wallwashing effect illuminates the spaces without flooding the space in excess light.
ERCO was able to customise a longer handle for Parscan to accommodate the high-volume space yet remain almost completely concealed, allowing the unique ceiling design to take centre stage.