As part of the Shanghai Museum of Glass Park’s fifth anniversary, COORDINATION ASIA ideated the two-floor Design Wing, breathing new life into a former industrial building. Linked to the Shanghai Museum of Glass main hall by the Golden Fire Bridge, constructed of tinted glass with a special holographic treatment, the Design Wing serves as a beautifully minimalist extension of one of Shanghai’s most unique museums.
While in separate buildings, these two facets of the museum park are linked by their exploration of what glass can do. Since opening in 2011, the collection of artworks and design pieces belonging to the museum has steadily grown, and the Design Wing is a space that can swiftly adapt to the ever-evolving design landscape in glass, representing the possibilities that glass offers.
Exquisite pieces from Pia Wüstenberg, Formafantasma, Nendo, the Campana Brothers, and more are available to view in this permanent collection. The curated variety demonstrates the breadth of the material’s properties. Renowned architect Tadao Ando, whose glasswork is also on display in the Design Wing, sums up this unique medium beautifully: “During a time when human warmth is being lost, a material such a glass, in itself cold, preserves, through its hand-manufacturing, its warmth.”
Covering 2,100 square metres, the Design Wing displays the glass pieces within two floors. While an extension of the Shanghai Museum of Glass, the two buildings are a stark contrast, complementing each other like night and day. Both are streamlined and minimalistic, however, the Main Hall is dark and withdrawn, made for a deep dive exploration of the glass world that looks inward. The Design Wing, on the other hand, utilises sunlight to let the design pieces reveal themselves fully like art on a canvas. Large windows and light walls maximise the natural light, and mirrors lining select sides of the interior create an effect of fathomless space.
Though the majority of the space resembles a minimalist and clean studio, there are surprises at every turn. Visitors are suddenly greeted with a mind-bending art installation when ascending the central staircase. Cleverly placed neon lights and mirrors play on the words “Whatever you think, think the opposite,” and “What is essential is invisible to the eye” in English as well as their Chinese adaptations. More than a place to walk through and see incredible designs, the Design Wing gives visitors pause for thought about what they are experiencing.
As the Shanghai Museum of Glass Park continues to develop, COORDINATION ASIA is proud to work closely with this trailblazing design museum in China, as they did with previous projects such as the award-winning Kids Museum of Glass and the highly acclaimed Rainbow Chapel. Tilman Thürmer, Founder and Design Director, hopes the Design Wing will become a destination for creative people looking for inspiration in the Chinese metropolis: “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.” The Design Wing is an essential addition to the campus for those looking to continue a creative journey through glass.
设计新馆收藏的永久展品包括来自Pia Wüstenberg, Formafantasma, Nendo, the Campana Brothers等国际艺术家。策展的重点旨在体现玻璃的多样性。著名建筑师安藤宗雄的玻璃艺术品也成为新展的一大亮点：“在人类社会温情渐失的时代，手工打造的玻璃，使冷冰冰的材料本身透出了人性的温暖。”
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