Shanghai Museum of Glass

Client:              Shanghai Glass co. ltd.

Location:         Changjiang west Road,Baoshan District,Shanghai, China

Type:                Culture & Education, Adaptive Reuse, Modernization

Service:            Project Positioning, Architectural Design, Consulting

Status:              Completed

Site Area:        6,000 m²

GFA:                6,000 m²

FAR:                1.0


The Shanghai Museum of Glass is the first glass museum in China, located on a former glass manufacturing site in Baoshan District, Shanghai. The site area is 6000 m2. It’s adapted from two existing buildings, a former glass bottle factory and a warehouse. As an urban regeneration project, one of the museum’s main concepts was to preserve existing structures while rediscover the original character of each building. Classified as a “type two” museum, its multi-functional design for glass art, research and technology distinguishes it from traditional museums. In addition to its glass-themed exhibition, the museum provides hot glass shows, DIY workshops, lectures, libraries and other interactive activities. All designed to attract and educate diverse targeted groups whilst creating value and incentive to visit. Uniquely treated U shaped glass panels form the museum’s facade where multi-language glass-related words glow via its LED back-light resulting in a truly one-of-a-kind visual effect. Around the Glass Museum building, a new glass-themed creative Park will be developed: a sculpture square with artists and creators, science and research facilities, and a business park with commercial facilities. This creative park will be a new landmark in the culture, art and commercial landscape in the future regeneration of Baoshan District.