MIFA 1862, the focal point of the Harbour City at the heart of Shanghai’s Lujiazui Central Business District, is a theatre renovated from an old ship engine factory built in the 1970s. Working with CSSC Complex Property Co., Ltd. and renowned architect Kengo Kuma, Arup has provided structural, MEP, façade and lighting design to transform this old structure into a new cultural landmark that attracts visitors from home and abroad.
Japanese starchitect Kengo Kuma was called in to transform this 150+ year-old shipyard in Pudong into an artsy commercial space. He elected to keep most of the original structures in the 31,000 square meter space, preserving and reusing rusty steel girders, weathered old signs and soot-black chimneys. Arguably the most ambitious cultural complex in all of Pudong, the site houses the Museum of Modern Art (New York)’s only official shop in China/Shanghai, a handful of small and medium galleries hosting contemporary art shows, and an 800-seat theater. Tickets available over on SmartTicket.