Ennead Architects has broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium, a new 38,000-square-meter projectthat will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the Lingang district of Shanghai, China.
Inspired by astronomical principles, the design is centered on the concept of orbital motion. “Each of the building’s three principal forma—the oculus, the inverted dome, and the sphere—acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking sun, moon, and stars, and reminding visitors that our concept of time originates in distant astronomical objects.”
In a celebration of time and space, the Planetarium looks towards the future, for instance, the ambitions of China’s space exploration program, while also presenting a link to the past, through the rich history of Chinese astronomy.
“In linking the new Museum to both scientific purpose and to the celestial references of buildings throughout history, the exhibits and architecture will communicate more than scientific content: they will illuminate what it means to be human in a vast and largely unknown universe,” said Thomas Wong, lead designer of the building and Design Partner at Ennead.
News via: Ennead Architects.