The Shanghai Natural History Museum located in the heart of the China’s biggest city, opened its doors around this time last year. The nature inspired museum was designed by the 40-strong Shanghai office of global architecture practice Perkins+Will . One of its most notable features would be the unique and somewhat iconic elliptical cell wall, which carries a similar the geometrical pattern and form with the cellular structure of plants and animals. An extensive green roof, planted walls, courtyards, skylights and Chinese water gardens, are some of the other features that make up this magnificently designed structure.
Here’s an extensive overview of the building design given by the architects ,
“The use of cultural references found in traditional Chinese gardens was key to the design,…..Through its integration with the site, the building represents the harmony of human and nature and is an abstraction of the basic elements of Chinese art and design.”
“For people who grew up in Shanghai, the old nature museum has a special place in their memories,” noted Managing Director for Perkins+Will’s Shanghai office James Lu. “Likewise, there is much excitement surrounding the opening of the new museum, which will have a similar place in the hearts of both residents and tourists alike. The museum will bring a renewed experience of natural history to this city for generations to come. We are honored to have served as the architect.”