5 aviation fuel containers on the former Longhua airport in Shanghai have been transformed into art and culture park Tank Shanghai, by neighborhood studio Open Architecture.

Open Architecture has designed 60,000 square metres of gallery space on the former industrial web-site, for Chinese collector Qiao Zhibing.

TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China

Tank Shanghai sits atop a landscaped “super-surface” – a newly constructed ground level that delivers undulating green spaces and squares above, and seamlessly connects every single tank with each other beneath.

TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China

“This project is a story about how industrial relics are reincarnated via art in a new era of city improvement,” stated the studio, which is led by architects Li Hu and Huang Wenjing.

“The Tanks are transformed from containers of oil into containers of art and life.”

TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China

Two of the tanks are now art galleries – a single is completed like a classic white cube, when the other has its original interior surfaces left exposed. The other 3 are multi-functional exhibition, leisure and activity spaces.

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“Every single of these transformations, which thoughtfully preserve and in some circumstances retain largely untouched the original characteristics of the tanks, had to overcome important design and style and building challenges posed by the constraints of operating with the current structure of every single tank,” explained the architects.

TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China

Standing as distinct types in the landscape, beneath ground the tanks seem as significant atria, surrounded by sweeping staircases major up from the concrete underbelly of the super-surface.

New windows and skylights in the tanks support draw all-natural light into the Tank Shanghai exhibition spaces.

Two significant public squares, referred to as the urban plaza and the occasion plaza, sit inside the landscaped park, created as spaces that can host ceremonies, parties and performances. An embedded misting program in the occasion plaza can transform the space into a “foggy field”.

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TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China
Photo is by Open Architecture

To the south, an “urban forest” stretches the length of the web-site.

“This will be a valuable piece of urban nature, hopefully attracting birds and squirrels to return,” stated the architects. “Art performs and preserved industrial machines will be scattered in the landscape.”

TANK Shanghai by OPEN Architecture in China
Photo is by Open Architecture

Alongside the occasion plaza at the east of the web-site, a former water-pump residence will be transformed into a separate project space for art events and modest exhibitions.

Open Architecture also not too long ago designed a subterranean space for the UCCA Dune Art Museum in Qinhuangdao, exactly where a cave-like network of galleries sits underneath a sand dune.

Photography is by Wu Qingshan unless stated.


Project credits:

Architects: Open Architecture
Principal-in-charge: Li Hu, Huang Wenjing
Project group: Ye Qing, Luo Ren, Victor Quiros, Zhou Tingting, Chen Xiuyuan, Li Zhentao, Zhao Yao, Lu Di, Jia Han, Zhang Yiwen, Steven Shi, Zhou Xiaochen, Huang Zhonghan, Laurence Chan, Cynthia Yurou Cui, Yang Qi, Ge Can, Gao Qi, Stephanie Lee, Jin Boan, Zhang Hao, Wang Mangyuan, Yan Dihua, Zhang Chang, Tomas Kowalsky, Jiang Simin
Neighborhood design and style institute: Tongji Architectural Style Group
Landscape design and style: Beijing EDSA Orient Preparing &amp Landscape Architecture
Lighting consultant: Shanghai Ming Chi Architecture and Engineering

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