Shanghai Museum of Glass Park

Designed by: Coordination Asia
For client: Shanghai G+ Culture Creative Developing Co.,Ltd Floor area: 17800.00 M² Year of completion: 2019
Submitted for: Cultural Space of the Year

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"Breaking the Glass Ceiling”: This aspirational installation visualises a metaphorical “glass ceiling”, suspended here low above visitors’ heads. The black glass rods stretch out broken glass ceiling and the mirror shards installed on floor suggest the br

About the Project

Shanghai Museum of Glass (SHMOG) was a former glass factory on the edge of Shanghai city until the 1990s. The vision is to build a constantly evolving living museum. Instead of erasing the past, SHMOG integrated existing structures and elements to extend its industrial legacy into a cultural destination which now houses 20 thematic halls, including permanent and temporary exhibitions, live glass shows and glass-inspired art spaces. China has undergone economic and societal paradigm shift and the excess of industrial spaces happened to offer a solution to the growing demand for cultural experiences.

Through transforming old glass-manufacturing site into new cultural attraction, SHMOG has helped breathing new life into the desolate industrial district with contemporary approaches of urban regeneration. The manufacturing sites and equipments turned into rich contents at the permanent exhibitions and inspirations for many curated experiences at the museum park. In addition to conversion of the old factory, new spaces are created each year to enrich the visitor journey, including contemporary art and design exhibitions, installations and performance spaces. Between 2018 and 2019 SHMOG incorporated various new spaces, including a museum plaza, outdoor event spaces and a contemporary art exhibition. By building new immersive glass-themed experiences on top of the memories of old factory, SHMOG continues to create meaningful connections between present and past, people and place.

What’s unique about it

Shanghai Museum of Glass sets itself apart with constantly evolving and updating cultural experiences through a holistic design approach. Different from many conventional museums, SHMOG positions itself as a ‘Gesamtkunstwerk’, a work of art that is inclusive of all or many art forms. What SHMOG strives to achieve is to become a platform that unites diverse artistic practices and provide an experimental ground for cross-pollination between different disciplines under the unifying theme of glass. This phenomenon of an all-inclusive and immersive cultural destination coincides with the rising demands in cultural experiences of urban population as well as the need to revitalise massive former industrial areas in China. From a desolate former glass factory to a major cultural destination with a diversity of educational programs and activities, SHMOG has proved to be a successful urban regeneration project that will continue to set new standards for cultural institutes.

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Floor plan of Shanghai Museum of Glass Park

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A Pair of Trainers with Shoe Sole Made With Glass Spikes: This installation consists of sharp, icicle-like glass shards mounted on two pair of shoes from two opposite directions visualising emotional hurt both inflicted and received in life.

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Tunnel Installation with Sound of Breaking Glass: This sound installation aurally connects visitors with the emotions of rawness and pain by inviting them to physically walk a tunnel of broken glass where a field recordings of broken glass inside a long-d

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“House of Glass” : An elevated glass house sits where the former kiln is located in Main Hall. The glass house shelters an artwork, a pair of broken glass wings damaged by visitors, serving as a reminder of respect and care for artists’ works in cultural

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Interactive Multimedia Installation “Fusion” : An interactive multi-media installation translates viewers’ movements into dynamic visualisation of material and element, letting visitors experience 3 major sensations during the formation of glass.

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Main Hall : Shanghai Museum of Glass translated existing structures of former glass factory into an impactful design language. The spacious main hall used to house glass-making kiln.

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Former Electric Power Stations, Transformed into Light Sculpture: The minimalistic white building was former power stations and is integrated into a design and art environment with punctual design interventions, made visually impressive with LED light tub

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Outdoor Theatre: Covered with a matrix of glowing red LED lines, a 436 m2 Outdoor Theatre accommodates up to 340 people for hot glass show or various live performances.

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Museum Plaza: The Shanghai Museum of Glass is located at a former glass factory in Shanghai. The museum plaza was a warehouse used for storage of glass-making materials, creating opportunity for a vast range of performances and activities.


Tobias Gremmler

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