SHANGHAI – Following five years of zealously conveying the possibilities of glass, the Shanghai Museum of Glass again tasks Coordination Asia with bridging the subject further with a dedicated design wing.
Housed with an industrial building sitting adjacent to the main museum, the Design Wing is accessed after traversing the Golden Fire bridge. While leaving behind the Main Hall, visitors experience a Technicolor universe while walking between a pair of tinted glass panes. The brief albeit momentous journey is courtesy of Coordination Asia's exploration of glass under the influence of a holographic treatment.
Upon emerging from the ostentatious overpass, visitors can sigh a breath of relief and let their heightened senses be calmed amid a tranquil scheme of white walls and oak flooring. Dotted with spotlights, black streaks of varying lengths formulate a graphic element on the ceiling.
In contrast to the cavernous Main Hall, daylight brightens the spaces of the Design Wing. Accent partitions of black mirrors unexpectedly reflect scenery from beyond an individual’s immediate field of vision. Breaking free of the clean scheme, a space-altering, experiential artwork: a grand stairway. Inscribed along the ceiling and floor, words and symbols written in reverse can be easier read in their reflected form. English and Chinese adaptions of the thought-invoking phrases 'Whatever you think, think the opposite' and 'Everything essential is invisible to the eye' are revealed amid an ethereal spatial layering.
Spanning 2100-sq-m, the extension accommodates the growing acquisitions, displaying a permanent collection with the works of the Campana Brothers, Formafantasma, Nendo and Tadao Ando among others. ‘Like art, design has a desire to communicate, and the expressions of glass are truly endless. Once inside the Design Wing, every visitor will have an incredible idea of all the things you can say with this extraordinary material,’ says Tilman Thürmer, founder and director of Coordination Asia.
‘Design has been increasingly important in the current industrial society, not only making life better, but also bringing spirit,’ says Zhang Lin, president of G+PARK. In regards to the continued coordination with Coordination Asia for each phase in the museum’s development, Lin believes the studio’s ‘creative design and rigorous work attitude pairs well with such powerful and unconstrained glass artworks.’
Photos Coordination Asia Ltd