Beside the city, by the landscape, it is a piece of land with rich and profound natural resources. The future Shenzhen Natural History Museum will be located here. With awe and respect for nature, having the desire to think about the relationship between human and nature, the design proposal will also start from this point.
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By emphasizing nature and blending into the nature, this proposal creates a vibrant forest land by the landscape.
The design proposal attempts to eliminate the volume of the building facing the landscape and to intervene in the site gradually and lightly. With a fully consideration of the relationship between the main entrance of building and a square to the east side, the museum is openned as much as possible to the YanZiLing mountain, as hugged by the landscape. And through several groups of the supporting structure, there creates two main parts of the building—the bottom part and the part in the air, so that the natural landscape to the north could become an extension of the central open space and penetration into the city. Thus, the museum and natural landscape are harmoniously and organically integrated together as a whole. The museum is like a piece of landscape on the edge of land, continuing the natural breath.
By creating open, public and multi-level forms of space, this proposal brings a place full of activity and vitality.
The green floor in the middle level and the roof garden floor are two open levels of the museum. Like a shady place in a hilly area, the green floor is a connection between the city and the mountains, They fit the climate characteristics of Shenzhen and become attractive outdoor exhibition venues for museums，where visitors could communicate, relax and enjoy the natural atmosphere all at once. The space of roof garden floor is comfortable, with broad vision, and is directly accessible for visitors through the outdoor vertical elevator or ramp. It is a good place for activities, and appreciating the natural landscape. The two levels are interrelated and interwoven with the main exhibition space of the museum, which enriches the content of the exhibition activities, and deepen the experience of visiting.
By providing a series of all-time open places as supports, to create ‘a museum of nature which will never close.
The thematic exhibition space is placed on the ground floor and the upper part of the museum, which is connected closely by the vertical traffic void space in the middle of the museum. Different levels of space brings different kinds of atmospheres for the visitors to be embodied into the natural world both through exhibition halls and real natural scenery. The green level in the middle and the roof garden also makes it possible for citizens to enter the museum at any time of the day, which energize the place itself. Thus, integrated into the nature, and also the urban life simultaneously, the museum becomes ‘a museum of nature that will never close.
Using light structure to create ethereal space, presenting landscape and cultural backgrounds.
The architectural modeling of the museum adopts non-geometric organic forms, which are simple and smooth, with reasonable structure and full of characteristics. It adopts multiple tube structures to support the space truss at the top of the museum, so as to hang the exhibition space at the top part. Moreover, the free-flowing architectural form blends into the natural atmosphere of the site environment to make the building light and transparent. Such a form not only greatly reduces the negative influences of a large volume such as a sense of isolation and oppression to the surrounding environment, but also provides an open space of integration and interaction among city, human and nature, they are like a vibrant woodland by the mountains and rivers, and like a cloud of auspicious clouds floating between the city and the mountains and rivers, which truly conforms to the spiritual temperament that a natural museum should have.
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