Chengdu Natural History Museum, China

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects was chosen as the winner of an international competition for the Chengdu Natural History Museum. The site is located in Chengdu, a historical and culturally rich city in China. With a form inspired by the geological impact of shifting tectonic plates, and reflecting pools inspired by ancient irrigation systems, the scheme makes heavy reference to the surrounding natural landscape.





The 62,700-square-meter museum will include innovative exhibition and educational spaces, permanent, temporary and interactive exhibits, a gift shop, a café, cinemas, and outdoor spaces. The central atrium is a tall and generous space filled with natural light. The atrium will be the vibrant heart of the building, crossed by sky bridges and connecting to exhibits and public amenity spaces such as the café and gift shop.




Educational spaces have been located on the ground floor and at lower levels for easy access to public transportation and site amenities. Parking will be accommodated below-grade, along with direct access to and from an adjacent subway station. The landscaping will provide outdoor spaces for cultural performance and interactive experiences. 





The building will be an important cultural landmark for the city of Chengdu, which is in the midst of an economic boom as a new high-tech and entrepreneurial hub. Chengdu Natural History Museum is expected to be completed in 2021.




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