Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)


Shenzhen, China

Shenzhen Municipal Culture Bureau/Shenzhen, China Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau/Shenzhen, China

Cultural,Mixed Use,Museum,Recent,Under construction

Musée des Confluences Martin Luther Church


  • 2007


    1st Prize

  • 2008

    Start of Planning

  • 2013

    Start of Construction

  • 2016



Project Description

Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE)

The Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE), part of the master plan for Shenzhen’s new urban center, the Futian Cultural District, establishes itself as a new attraction in Shenzhen’s fast growing urban fabric.

Architecture is content
not shell

The project is conceived as the synergetic combination of two institutions, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) and the Planning Exhibition (PE), whose various programmatic elements, although each articulated according to their functional and performative requirements, are merged in a monolithic body enveloped by a multifunctional façade.

The transparency of this façade and the interior lighting concept allow for a view from outside through the exterior envelope deep into the volume of the space, thereby particularly accentuating the shared entrance and circulation space between the two museum volumes. At the same time, the building skin also allows unhindered view from the inside on the cityscape while giving the visitor the impression of being in a pleasantly shaded outdoor area—an impression enhanced by very wide spans which allow for completely open, column-free and flexible exhibition halls with heights ranging from 6 to 17 meters.

Upon entering the large interstitial space between the two museum volumes, the visitors can, via ramps and escalators, reach the main level, where a kind of public plaza serves as the circulation hub for the whole complex and as orientation and starting point for museum tours. From here also many auxiliary public and private facilities are accessible, including cultural services, a multifunctional hall, several auditoria, a library, a cafe, a book store, and a museum store.

Development of the Communication and Information Cloud (C-Center)

Completion Ceremony


  • 21 688 m² Site Area
  • 80 000 m² Gross Floor Area
  • 40 m Building Height
  • 7 Number of stories
  • 155 m Max Building Length
  • Max Building Width 145 m




COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix & Partner ZT GmbH
Design Principal: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partner: Markus Prossnigg
Project Architects: Angus Schoenberger, Veronika Janovska, Tyler Bornstein
Design Architects: Quirin Krumbholz, Jörg Hugo, Mona Bayr
Project Coordination: Xinyu Wan
Project Team: Jessie Castro, Jessie Chen, Jasmin Dieterle, Luis Ferreira, Peter Grell, Paul Hoszowsky, Dimitar Ivanov, Ivana Jug, Zhu Yuang Kang, Alexander Karaivanov, Nam La-Chi, Rodelle Lee, Feng Lei, Megan Lepp, Samuel Liew, Thomas Margaretha, Jens Mehlan, Daniel Moral Trigueros, Ivo de Nooijer, Reinhard Platzl, Vincenzo Possenti, Pete Rose, Ana Santos,Javier Sancho Andres, Jutta Schädler, Jaclyn L. Spokojny, Tamara Soto Bailon, Günther Weber, Chen Yue
Digital Project Team: Angus Schoenberger, Matt Kirkham, Jasmin Dieterle, Jonathan Asher, Jan Brosch


Local Architect: HSArchitects, Shenzhen, China
Local Interior Design: Jiang & Associates Interior Design Co., Ltd
Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany
MEP: Reinhold Bacher, Vienna, Austria
Lighting Design: AG Licht, Bonn, Germany
Cost Management: Davis Langdon & Seah, Hong Kong, China


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