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ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china

zHA’S chengdu science fiction museum IN CHINA

 

The long-anticipated Chengdu Science Fiction Museum by Zaha Hadid Architects has recently opened its doors by hosting the World Science Fiction Convention (Worldcon) and the prestigious Hugo Awards, representing a milestone for both the city of Chengdu and the global science fiction community. Located in the heart of Chengdu’s Pidu District, the museum pays tribute to the city’s rich legacy of nurturing renowned Chinese science fiction authors for over five decades. Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province, has emerged as a vibrant hub of scientific innovation and research, with a population exceeding 20 million residents. The Chengdu Science Fiction Museum is situated within the Science & Innovation New City, nestled alongside the picturesque Jingrong Lake. The design seamlessly integrates with the natural surroundings, creating a harmonious connection between the museum and the serene parkland that envelops it. This creates a journey of discovery as they traverse pedestrian routes that lead them from the city into the museum’s heart, weaving between indoor and outdoor plazas at multiple levels.

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
all visuals by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), © ATCHAIN

 

 

Bridging Realms of Imagination and Reality

 

The museum’s roof resembles an expanding nebula cloud radiating from a central star-like point. This celestial motif gives the museum a distinctive appearance and serves as a metaphor for the bridge between our lived experiences and our boundless imaginations. The structure appears to float above the surface of the lake, creating a unique blend of architectural and natural beauty. The Chengdu Science Fiction Museum features a spacious 59,000 square meters and encompasses a range of facilities, including exhibition galleries, a multi-function hall, a conference center, and various amenities. Its sky-lit central atrium and expansive windows that face the Xiling Mountain allow visitors to stay connected with the museum’s lush surroundings. ZHA‘s museum meets the highest 3-Star standards of China’s Green Building Program and employs a sustainable approach. It maximizes natural ventilation and utilizes photovoltaics within its roof canopy to reduce energy consumption. Moreover, the surrounding park is landscaped with native plants that collect and store rainwater, contributing to Chengdu’s sustainable drainage system. This initiative mitigates flooding and enhances biodiversity throughout the city, further reinforcing Chengdu’s commitment to environmental sustainability.

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
ZHA’s Chengdu Science Fiction Museum boasts dynamic shapes and fluid forms

 

 

Established in 1939, WorldCon is a significant annual event for science fiction enthusiasts. Named after Hugo Gernsback, the Hugo Awards have been presented at WorldCon since 1955, serving as a prestigious honor in science fiction and fantasy literature, as well as other forms of media. In 2015, Chinese author Liu Cixin’s ‘The Three-Body Problem’ won the 73rd Hugo Award for Best Novel. In 2016, author Hao Jingfang’s ‘Folding Beijing’ received the Hugo Award for Best Novelette, raising the profile of the Hugo Awards in China.

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
a journey of discovery through the star cloud

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opened to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
Chengdu Science Fiction Museum resembles an expanding star cloud 

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
the 59,000 sqm space can host a wide variety of exhibitions, conferences, events, and galleries

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fluid forms engulf both the interior and exterior

ZHA's chengdu science fiction museum opens to host the worldcon & hugo awards in china
the interior features a sky-lit central atrium with a large window facing the spectacular Xiling Mountain

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project info

 

name: Chengdu Science Fiction Museum

architect: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) | @zahahadidarchitects

design: Patrik Schumacher

location: Chengdu, China

date: 2022 / 2023

client: Chengdu Science and Innovation City Investment and Development Co.

status: built

size: 59,000 sqm

competition visuals: Zaha Hadid Architects, ATCHAIN

video: by Zhou Rui

 

ZHA members 

project directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Paulo Flores
project associate: Yang Jingwen
project architects: Juan Liu, Magda Smolinska
project Lead: Sven Torres
site team: Chu Zhou, Shang Li, Lianyuan Ye, Meng Zhao
project team: Andrei-Ciprian Cojocaru, Berkin Islam, Chu Zhou, Hao Wen, Jillian Nishi,
Lianyuan Ye, Meng Zhao, Shang Li, Stefan Manousof, Sven Torres, Yang Liu, Yuling Ma,
Xiaoying Li

competition project directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Paulo Flores
competition associate: Yang Jingwen
competition project architects: Juan Liu, Magda Smolinska
competition team: Andrei-Ciprian Cojocaru, Enoch Kolo, Jillian Nishi, Juan Montiel,
Lianyuan Ye, Meng Zhao, Nan Jiang, Nastasja Mitrovic, Stefan Manousof, Yanran Lu, Yimeng
Zhao, Yuling Ma

competition sustainability team: Aleksander Mastalski, Carlos Bausa Martinez

 

consultants

executive architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
local architect: China South West Architecture Design Institute
structural engineers: China South West Architecture Design Institute
general contractor: China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Group
façade engineering: China South West Architecture Design Institute
M&E engineering: China South West Architecture Design Institute
MEP: China South West Architecture Design Institute
fire engineer: China South West Architecture Design Institute
landscape Consultant: Hangzhou Landscape Design Institute
lighting design: LIGHTDESIGN, BPI
acoustic consultant: SIADR
site supervision: Sichuan Feihong Engineering Management Consulting
project management: CR LAND
interior local design institute: SIADR
exhibition design consultant: Chengdu Science Fiction Society

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