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16 / 07 / 2021

High energy efficiency in COOP HIMMELB(L)AU’s MOCAPE 


Duccio Malagamba

Fabrizio Orsini

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU has built a twin ecological museum in Shenzhen to high standards of energy efficiency.

The twin Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition (MOCAPE) built by Coop Himmelb(l)au in Shenzhen is a high-energy-efficiency building. The neighborhood in which it stands has a high density of cultural buildings, with urban planning based on axiality and symmetry. Given the context, the architects took advantage of the opportunity to create a building that establishes a volumetric dialogue with the constructions around it but stands out as completely different from the philosophy of the place. They do this by taking advantage of the dual nature of the functions contained in MOCAPE, the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA), and the Planning Exhibition (PE).