Design of Hainan's new Science & Technology Museum unveiled

By / hicn.cn / Updated: 16:59,12-August-2021

MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has unveiled their design for a Science & Technology Museum in Hainan, the southernmost province in China. Along with the Wormhole Library, which was also designed by MAD, it will be another urban public and cultural space for Haikou.

The Hainan Science and Technology Museum will be a provincial-level museum occupying 46,528 square meters south of Changxiu Avenue, east of Jing’er Road, west of Jingsan Road, and north of Haixiu Expressway in the Changxiu area on the west coast of Haikou City.

The museum will have six floors, five floors above ground and one underground, and will include the main building of the Science and Technology Museum, the Planetarium, a storm corridor, and an outdoor plaza.

The design takes into careful consideration the urban landscape and environmental conditions of Hainan, allowing the rainforest to come into contact with future technology within the building. When viewed from a distance, the main exhibition hall resembles a cloud connecting the earth and the sky. The corridor, which extends from the exhibition hall, will provide a public space for visitors, who will be surrounded by lush rainforest views. 

With the main hall of the Science and Technology Museum at the center, corridors spread out in all directions, allowing entrance from any direction. The corridor connects the different functional zones, with the cinema on the north side of the corridor, and the Planetarium and Astronomical Observatory in the southwest corner.

Inside, visitors will begin at the top and move towards the the bottom of the structure, taking the lift up to the 360-degree observation deck platform first on the top floor to look out over the ocean and cityscape. Then, they can take a look through the technology and space exhibition halls on the same level, afterwards descending to the ocean and life science exhibition halls on the fourth level. The math and science hall will be on the third floor, and the multimedia interactive experience area and children's playground will be located on the second floor. 

The integrated environmental design of the Museum calls for grounds filled with a multitude of different kinds of tropical plants, giving visitors a chance to learn about natural science in their way in. The outdoor crater-like sunken plaza, reflecting pool, and gray space under the connecting corridor are areas for the public to rest and relax. Visitors may enjoy the vast natural environment in addition to visiting the exhibitions.

Mad Architects is currently refining the blueprint design, with construction expected to begin in August this year and be complete and open to the public in 2024.

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