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Design team selected for Shenzhen's $320M new Natural History Museum

Tim Gibson

26 November 2020


ARCHITECTURE firms 3XN, B+H and Zhubo Design have been selected to design Shenzhen’s USD $320M new Natural History Museum.

The museum is one of ten new cultural facilities to be built throughout the city and will be the first large-scale comprehensive natural history museum in Southern China once finished.

3XN, B+H and Zhubo Design were selected from over 70 international proposals and won the second round of 15 finalists.

Above: The museum appears like a continuation of the river (image courtesy of 3XN).

The judges responded to the inspiration the team drew from China’s famous river deltas.

The building appears to rise out of the river, like a frozen wave, allowing the public to climb along the roof where they can find a spectacular public park.

“Like a river stream finding its shape in balance with the earth, every turn frames a new spectacular view over the surrounding park, hills, and lake from dedicated viewing terraces along the roof park,” the design team explains in a press release.

The park leads visitors “like steaming down a river” towards a cave, where the museum’s lobby will be.

Above: A public park will adorn the building's roof. Below: The park will lead guests to a "cave" where the museum's lobby is located. (images courtesy of 3XN).

Inside the building will be 42,000 square metres of world-class exhibition spaces, dedicated to showcasing the natural beauty of Shenzhen’s geography while advocating for science.

Other features will include storage areas, science education facilities, research spaces, an astronomical observatory and outdoor parkland.

The park will be open throughout the day and will extend the current network of surrounding public parks.

Above: The museum will fit seamlessly within Shenzhen's natural landscape (image courtesy of 3XN).

3XN is an award winning Danish architecture studio founded in 1986. Among the firm’s high-profile projects are Olympic House in Switzerland and the new Fish Market and Quay Quarter Tower in Sydney.

B+H Architects has previously worked on Shenzhen Children’s Hospital and Science Education building, as well as Tencent Seafront Towers campus interior design and Lee Kum Kee Corporate Headquarters.

Zhubo Design has been actively involved in China’s large-scale urbanization for decades, working on the Nanning Urban Planning Exhibition Center, Hainan Local History Museum, and Shenzhen’s third Children’s Hospital.

Header image courtesy of 3XN.


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