Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

 

Wutopia Lab have designed Shanghai’s first museum dedicated to the display of architectural models for the Fengyuzhu exhibition company. A physical manifestation of an architect’s design vision, the museum acts as a cultural reference and an archive presenting the work of well-known contemporary Chinese architects to the public.

“Architectural Model is a possible media of representation for unbuilt or built architecture – at some point, it’s a prophecy. When they are placed in a warehouse setting, models are turned into objects that have less meaning of the prophecy,” explain Wutopia Lab.

The architects decided to turn the museum into a ‘mega model’, conceiving a futuristic city comprised of the separate models, or in a very meta sense, the future-planning concepts of each architect. According to Wutopia Lab, this represents merging each individual ‘design prophecy’ into one.

 

Related: ARCHI-DEPOT: Tokyo Museum Dedicated to Architectural Models.

 

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 23

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

 

In the reception and elevator area, a monolithic structure displays information graphics about the museum. Beyond this point, there is a utopian ‘visionary city’ plaza, featuring vertical steel slats that form dividing screens evocative of skyscrapers. Skeleton shelves protrude from the screens, each displaying architectural models.

“Models placed on those cantilevered platforms are smaller-scaled “cities”, representing a new form, which keeps updating and growing,” says Wutopia Lab.

 

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab | Yellowtrace

 

The museum features two main exhibition areas, ‘Tijuana’ and ‘Ironia’, as well as a communication area,  referred to as the ‘Pod Bay’. Beyond each of these main spaces, there are three special exhibition areas, each of which are clad in a primary colour; the blue ‘Asgard’, red ‘Olympus’, and yellow ‘Arrakis’, with an additional collection area ‘Tyrell’. There is also a virtual reality zone, ‘Thunderdome’, which can also be utilized as a temporary exhibition space.

The primary-coloured exhibition rooms are cocooned nooks compared to the starkly white and open spaces of the main museum. Recessed windows form platforms to prop-up the specific models on show, and also afford views to Shanghai beyond, fusing the current city and future city into a single unanimous vista.

 

See more projects by Wutopia Lab on Yellowtrace here.

 

Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 01
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 02
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 03
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 04
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 05
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 06
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 07
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 08
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 09
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 10
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 11
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 12
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 13
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 14
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 15
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 16
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 17
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 18
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 19
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 20
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 21
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 22
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 23
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 24
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 25
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 26
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 27
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 28
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 29
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 30
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 31
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 32
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 33
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 34
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 35
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 36
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 37
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 38
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 39
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 40
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 41
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 42
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 43
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 44
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 45
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 46
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 47
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 48
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 49
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 50
Museum For Architectural Models Shanghai By Wutopia Lab Yellowtrace 51

 


[Images courtesy of Wutopia Lab. Photography by CreatAR Images.]

 

The post Museum for Architectural Models in Shanghai, China by Wutopia Lab. appeared first on Yellowtrace.

©