The graduation project exhibition went out of the campus for the first time, and was held in the area of MAM as a peripheral exhibition of Zaha exhibition. With the theme of " Floating imagination city ", the exhibition hold 9 projects open to the public, trying to establish a closer connection with the real urban environment.
The boats on the Huangpu River shuttle endlessly, the citizens on the riverside stroll for leisure, and the cycling trails are lined with trees, making it one of the most unique scenery in the city. MAM is located along the bank of Huangpu River. The hanging structure and moving volume based on the original industrial heritage constitute its unique image.
Two galleries are service facility of MAM, and the superior landscape resources around can be experienced through the floor-to-ceiling glasses. Hall A is a 6.5*8.4*4.4m concrete structure, the upper half of the ground floor is a solid wall, and the lower half is large glasses; Hall B is a 5*12*2.5m all-steel structure hanging glass box.
In response to the design reality, the team asked the following questions:
Compared with the conventional display method, the design has carried out two "reversal" treatments--the exhibits are centred with the public watching around, forming inside-outside reversal; the exhibits are hung, and the bottom is suspended to free up space, forming up-down reversal. These gave rise to the concept of "floating box", which is not only a bold floating exhibition method, consistent with the theme of the exhibition, but also a reflection of reality and illusion.
Modern architectural classics such as Villa Savoye use the overhead method of the ground floor to create a sense of lightness. "Floating box" is a reversal of them and a response to the structure of the museum.
The method of Hanging is not uncommon in exhibitions. How to create a more unique experience? The two floating boxes are disengaged from the ground, and the "volume" enhances the sense of weight and contrasts with the transparency of the appearance. This structural way of dealing with "light and heavy" has also become a new language, forming a dramatic contrast with industrial heritage.
9 projects are concentrated into two floating boxes, each one is an "individual room ", in which the model is enclosed by 3-side exhibition walls and lightened by membrane on the top, creating a unique immersive exhibition space. The size of the rooms are customized according to the model, and the space is more intensive. The length of the exhibition walls of the two galleries is 23.6m and 34m respectively, which almost reaches the perimeter of the outer wall of them. On the premise of maintaining the quality of the space, the dense space has gained more display place.
The elevation on the side of the cycling trail is slightly higher, and the sight can reach the river surface through the bottom of the floating box; the elevation on the riverside is lower, the floating box can be felt clearly. Approaching the exhibition hall gradually, the solid wall at the end of the floating box, like a screen wall, is more and more oppressive, leading the audience to the boxes on both sides. The public can perceive the unban scenery when viewing the exhibition. During non-opening hours, the public can still see the internal exhibition through the large glass.
The pop-up exhibition hall sandwiched between the riverside leisure facilities attracts curious citizens. Participating student volunteers explain their ideas to the citizens. The scene of merging with the city makes it more life-like and gives the exhibition a broader meaning.