Abandoned fuel tanks retrofitted for new Shanghai art museum

On the financial institutions of Shanghai’s Huangpu River, Beijing-centered practice OPEN Architecture has reworked 5 huge aviation fuel tanks into Tank Shanghai, a new modern artwork museum and open up park. Developed above 6 yrs, the adaptive reuse undertaking not only makes a new cultural asset for the town, but also allows reconnect inhabitants to the waterfront. 

overhead shot of a green park area with trees and white, circular buildings

Situated on an industrial website, the 5 decommissioned aviation gasoline tanks had belonged to Shanghai’s former Longhua Airport. As aspect of a increased revitalization program for the city’s southwest location, Open Architecture converted the squander containers into a lively neighborhood art center with each individual tank housing various programming. The bordering landscape was redesigned with extensive, undulating lawns that emphasize connections with the the moment-inaccessible Huangpu riverfront and can accommodate a selection of outside occasions, from art festivals to guide fairs.

a green area where people sit in the shade of trees

At the coronary heart of the Tank Shanghai design and style is the introduction of a Z-formed “Super-Surface”: a 5-hectare zigzagging landscape of trees and grasses that weaves with each other the 5 tanks and slopes upward to come to be a green roof for a constructed composition under. Two tanks are situated previously mentioned the Tremendous-Floor, whilst the other 3 are established a little beneath. The tanks were retrofitted to incorporate a two-tale live-residence and bar, a restaurant and artwork exhibition areas. The architects preserved the tanks’ industrial exteriors and minimized alterations to the facades. Curvilinear outside pathways complement the tanks’ rounded varieties. 

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an overhead shot of a green, tree-filled area with several buildings including round white buildings and an undulating rooftop

“Tank Shanghai represents a new type of city artwork institution—one linking the past and the foreseeable future, reconnecting people today with the normal setting, and fusing artwork with mother nature,” defined the architects. “It is an art heart without the need of boundaries, and as it continues to assimilate into the life of the metropolis much more mostly, Tank Shanghai will proceed to aid and inspire the creation of much more inclusive and collective cultural spaces.” Tank Shanghai opened in March 2019.

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Images by INSAW Impression, WU Qingshan, and CHEN Hao


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