Zaha Hadid Architects is a group known for its transformative designs ruling across the six continents. Shenzhen science and technology museum in China is one such milestone in making that redefines 21st century architecture to the world. The museum sits in the heart of the new Guangming Science City showcasing the leading global image that Shenzhen holds in science and technology. In collaboration with premium schools and innovation centers, this world-class museum would be a place to learn, experience, and explore science. Awaiting its public break out by late 2023, the museum co-exists with inventive design, technological advancements in the construction industry, and has a promising approach towards sustainability. 

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Dynamic Urbanism

The flowing form of the building, majestic scale, and grandeur all combine to keep up with the momentous function and significance of the Shenzhen science museum. Sitting in one of the prime locations of the developing innovation hub, the pebble-shaped edifice is just another masterwork built in typical Zaha Hadid Architects style. This museum combines convex solidity and curvilinear complexity in its outer shell. Internal spatial planning of the functions is reflected in the built form of the building. The geometry of the enclosure governs the circulation patterns within the neighboring urban context. 

Refusing to stick with the regular conventions, the dynamic Shenzhen museum is a volumetric answer to the design brief. The magnificent curves of the building shelter the functional spaces within that are designed for the widest range of science exhibitions to be held in the coming future. Generous openings and aesthetic punctures are carved out of the seamless exterior membrane. Distinct site conditions of the museum are responded to thoughtfully and effectively. Science and technology museum would hold an important place in the civic architecture of the city, and its architecture would surely justify its position.

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Inside Outside

The playful flowing behavior of the outer crust of Shenzhen pebble-shaped museum is brought into the interiors subtly resulting in an effortless spatial and functional flow inside. Visitors’ path in the museum is a journey of discoveries and is designed to offer a new experience every time of visit. Adaptive showcase areas are designed to complement the permanent exhibition galleries and be host to a variety of exhibits. The building floor covers about 125,000 sq. meters and well executes interconnected planning of public encounters and educational spaces.

The smooth pebble shell breaks up to form a series of terraces on the building front. A large glazed surface marks the entrance of the science museum and is framed by the projecting terraces on either side. The major functions of the museum are placed around a king-size atrium in a U-shaped plan. The entry opens up to the atrium for visitor orientation and navigation. 40 years into architecture and research, Zaha Hadid Architects have exhibited an interplay of form and space woven together with the structure in this museum. The transparent glazing curving along the building length opens up the interiors to the visitors passing by. Terraces stacked on the west front invite a pleasing environment from the Guangming Park adjacent to the museum. The cascade is a distinct and gorgeous element that elevates the appearance of this science edifice.

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Another feature that gives the visitors a wow moment is the projection of large solid volumes within the atrium space. The dynamic vista from different points of the visitor journey makes the experience memorable. Proud showcasing of progressive science and technology through the exhibits within and the building design itself is mesmerizing. Power of science and mastery of architecture, the Shenzhen science museum is a perfect mix of proportions!

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Technology Longing Sustainability

Designed in response to the sub-tropical climate of China, the museum has adopted eco-friendly techniques and aims for a sustainable tomorrow. The internal temperature, wind level, and air quality will all be automatically monitored using smart building management. This is to attain high performance in thermal insulation and an energy-efficient environment. The system is capable of tracking the carbon discharge of the building, its life cycle performance, and adaptability towards future aspirations. And to end with, active and passive solar measures will suffice the energy needs of the Shenzhen science museum.

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With minimized energy consumption and maximum visitor comfort, Zaha Hadid Architects aims to acquire the highest rating in China’s green building standard- the Three Star System.

Shenzhen science museum is a part of the Guangming innovation corridor- a master plan that exhibits an inventive design approach in coherence with technology. 

Having received the highest of honors of the architecture world, Zaha Hadid Architects have formulated principles of transformative architecture through their projects. Contextual design that is committed to its purpose and users, and a building form that dominates on the technological front. Science museum at Shenzhen is one such example that establishes a new benchmark in public space architecture by efficient preservation of the collection and optimum degree of visitor comfort.


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