This museum covers a construction area of 33,000 square meters and an exhibition area of 16,000 square meters.
The last undeveloped waterfront area, today’s West Bund Cultural Corridor has been known to marathon runners, but not many other residents.
The district has big plans. From October to December, the major open-air Architecture and Contemporary Art Biennale was held along the river — West Bund 2013.
Chinese-Indonesian entrepreneur and collector Budi Tek aims to create a network of Asian museums, his first being in Jakarta, and now a second in Shanghai.
The name Yuz comes from his Chinese name Yu De Yao.
By retaining the unique sense of grandeur of this enormous structure, the space perfectly sets off the installations in Tek’s collection.
The museum was designed by visionary Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto who designed the Serpentine Gallery Pavilion in London, winning the Marcus Prize for Architecture in 2013.
The waterfront on the east side of the museum is an open-air public gallery where the border between the art space and the public is transparent.