shanghai's natural history museum by perkins + will opens in china
 
shanghai's natural history museum by perkins + will opens in china
apr 24, 2015

shanghai's natural history museum by perkins + will opens in china

global architecture and design firm perkins + will has completed shanghai’s natural history museum in china. the 44,517 square meter museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world through the display of more than 10,000 artifacts from all seven continents. the building includes exhibit spaces, a 4D theater, and an outdoor exhibit garden.

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a spiraling grass-covered plane rises out of the park and wraps around an oval pond
image © steinkamp photography (also main image) / all images courtesy of perkins + will

 

 

 

located on an urban site, the shape and internal organization of the museum references the pure natural form of a mollusc shell. a grass-covered plane rises out of the park and wraps around an oval pond – the focus of the exhibition route through the building – which begins at the upper level and spirals downwards.

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the shape of the building references the pure natural form of a mollusc shell
image © steinkamp photography

 

 

 

the structural network and sunscreen that lines the curved inner face of the building is both an abstraction of patterns found in traditional pavilions, and a suggestion of human cell organization. the north wall, which is the group-entry façade along the bus drop-off, references the movement of tectonic plates, while the south wall is a living wall plane composed of a metal trellis covered with vines. the green wall brings the horizontal plane of the park onto the vertical surface of the structure forming an arcade that represents the vegetation of the earth’s surface.

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a plaza positioned in front of the new institution
image © steinkamp photography

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the south wall is a living wall plane composed of a metal trellis covered with vines
image © steinkamp photography

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internal space is naturally and brightly lit
image © steinkamp photography

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the curved inner face of the building is a suggestion of human cell organization
image © steinkamp photography

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the lowermost level of the canyon-like void
image © steinkamp photography

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the shanghai natural history museum illuminated from within
image © steinkamp photography

 

 


shanghai natural history museum by perkins + will
video courtesy of perkins + will

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  • What a beautiful building.

    MN
  • Exemplary design by one of Americas’ premier African American Architectural Firms. It should be an international award winner this year!

    Akin Miller
  • Amazing! My cousin was just speaking about Perkins and Will and how great of a firm it is. This proves it! Spectacular project with dramatic experiences inside and out! The outdoor courtyard with the pools is my favorite! Great work guys and gals! This is extraordinary!

    James Stodgel
  • Wow.. well done. So many nice aspects… I like the pit the best.

    Jim

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