Art & Culture, Buildings

Archives & Exhibition Hall Pudong

© Christian Gahl

The Archives & Exhibition Hall in the new district Pudong hosts the new town planning museum. The underground floors and the basement are forming a pedestal with a height of approx. 4 m. The pedestal is surrounded by stairs that allow access to the pedestal from three sides. At the fourth side a bar-shaped building-cube – it contains the space for administration – is located. A significant earthquake load needed to be respected. On top of the pedestal a square-sized building is arranged. It contains a central foyer, conference rooms and exhibition halls. This building seems flying above the pedestal since it is suspended by tension ties which are connected to the five stair-shafts and four additional columns that are located in the center of the building. The glazed entrance hall is supporting this effect.

Shanghai, China
gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
HL Technik, Hamburg; Guangxi Architectural Comprehensive Design & Research Institute
Shanghai International Bidding Co. Ltd.
Project Responsibility
Jörg Schlaich


Technical Data

Base area pedestal
approx. 180 x 150 m
Base area exhibition hall
approx. 131 x 128 m
approx. 40 m at each four corners
approx. 35 m
Gross floor area
41,000 m²
Gross cubic capacity
250,000 m³




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