Building upon the credo that developing an art space should nourish a city and its communities, we created the Rainbow Chapel – a wedding chapel intriguingly placed inside the Shanghai Museum of Glass Park. The Park recently celebrated its four-year anniversary and unveiled a lifestyle addition to its premises, pinning a new first for China: the inclusion of a wedding chapel into a museum park. The newly open chapel stands as an alternative to classic wedding venues on the Chinese market, attracting young, creative couples.
The endless possibilities of glass were again explored and showcased in the design of the Rainbow Chapel – a round wedding space, covering 390 square meters, enclosed by glass panels painted in vivid, yet translucent colors, creating a surreal light that perfectly suits this type of celebrations. The façade pattern is made of 3,060 elements using 65 different colours and the semi-transparent kaleidoscope windows of 6.8 meters in height give the Rainbow Chapel a happy vibe, moreover increasing the charm of the place.
Set inside a square, semi-open frame, the round shaped chapel alludes to the infinite nature of the connections made inside this place. The two basic shapes: square and circle are fundamental to Chinese symbolism, the circle representing fullness and unity, while the square stands as a symbol of honesty and virtue; when combined they lend a sense of perfection and provide the place with good-luck.
The water passage surrounding the chapel somehow makes the transition from reality to the dreamlike world inside. Once visitors step into the chapel, they see an elegant and timeless interior, filled with light piercing through the colour matched kaleidoscope windows; the chapel is brought to life as lighting changes inside when the sun moves around the structure.
For the offer to be complete, sitting just next to the wedding chapel is a Banquet Hall, covering 1,200 square meters on the space of a former industrial glass workshop that was converted into an elegant cocktail and event venue matching the sophisticated aesthetics of the chapel. The space lends itself well to weddings, anniversaries, concerts and other types of celebrations.
As the design partner of the entire Shanghai Museum of Glass Park project, a long-time commitment that will lead to the establishment of the Park as a key cultural and lifestyle destination in Shanghai, we were happy to work on this project from its inception until the completion phase.
THE COOL HUNTER about the Rainbow Chapel / May 2015
“Imagine any city as if it were the human body and think of all the crucial aspects of it which keep us living. Within a city you could consider the people to be the blood; the thing which circulates constantly and gives life. Transport systems are the vessels which allow that blood to move and public infrastructure is the brains of the operation which facilitates the growth and movement of blood cells. Equally important though is that essential organ called the heart. From a geographical sense, the centre of the city is considered the heart however more importantly it’s the spaces within a city which have character, inspire and shape society that are indeed the most heartfelt.”
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