Haishang Museum


2016 - under construction


China, Shanghai




Each new project is a new challenge.
This is what makes architecture interesting and makes being an architect an unsettling profession.
Given the great complexity of its brief, The Haishang Museum will not be just one Museum.

There are many projects within the one project.
There are museums, where we will exhibit pieces from many different collectors.
The pieces to be exhibited are also very numerous and very diverse.

But before designing the smaller museums, the Museum itself must be designed.
The site, which has an ideal size and location, is divided into four areas by the crossing of two minor roads.
It is bound, to the North by the canal that encircles the centre of Haishang, to the East by one of the two rivers that meet in the centre of the old town, and to the West and South by two busy roads.

The form responds to the brief, rising above the site, freeing it, allowing access and fluidity.
The interior is composed of circulation areas between hierarchical spaces, allowing for choices and multifunction.
Touring the building is a dynamic process, searching for space, culture and diversity.

Light and shadow, open space and solid forms, searching and finding, exhibition and contemplation.
There are also multifunctional spaces, temporary exhibitions and an auditorium, along with the small museums, dedicated to individual collections and their specific nature.

The volume changes as we move along. Such is architecture. A dynamic act, that provokes and stimulates us.
The materials used have hierarchy and logic, light and reflections that accentuate forms, volume and functions.
To the North, a small restaurant building and a small pavilion define the formal character.

A bridge makes the connection with the site to the East.
The landscaping connects forms and functions, using planting and pathways.
The Haishang Museum is, still, a project.
The design process remains dynamic, transformative and searching for perfection.


Carlos Castanheira


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Álvaro Siza


Carlos Castanheira

Office in Portugal:

CC&CB – Architects, Lda.

Project Architect:       

Pedro Carvalho, Nuno Campos

Project Team: 

João Alves

Susana Oliveira

Mariana Mendes

Diogo Pinho

Joel Dinis

Gil Lima

Afonso Tigre

Luisa Silva

Nuno Rodrigues

Raquel Lima

Rita Ferreira

Joana Rocha

Joana Soeiro

Filipe Mota

João Figueiredo

3D models and renderings:

Germano Vieira

Sara Noronha


Shanghai Oasis Investment Holding Group, Ltd.


Tendering Company

Shanghai International Tendering Company

Arts and Collection Consultant:

Shanghai Jiacheng Collection Art Research Center

Property Operation and Management Consultant:

Shanghai Longday Culture and Media Co., Ltd

Facility Planning and Architecture Consultant:


Local Design Company:


Project Manager :




Structural Engineers:


MEP Engineers:


BIM Engineers:


Green Building Design Engineer


Stage Design Consultant


Shanghai Stage Technology Institute:

Acoustic Design Consultant

上海章奎生声学工程顾问有限公司 ZADI

Facade Consultant

上海梅思建筑工程设计事务所 MAE