Design Practice Location:
This project, an exhibition hall, is located in Shanghai’s north bund, and is set very close to the river. The design relies the joggling technique, a ingenious jointing technique used in traditional buildings in China. It’s also used in both classical Chinese furniture as well as modern pieces. The Skynet structure is inspired by the idea of a fishing net. Evoking the dynamic feeling of casting a net into the design, the building presents the feeling that the entire space is wrapped in a huge net falling from the sky. During construction, the design team used the traditional Chinese joggling technique to connect the Skynet, in doing so creating a space rich in visual and artistic impact. The idea of the net connects to the origins of Shanghai itself: the city was originally a fishing village before being established as a commercial port in the Qing Dynasty, eventually becoming a major trade port.