China’s Mad Architects has unveiled the rippling design of the Hainan Science and Technology Museum in Haikou, the capital of China’s southern Hainan Province.
The 46,528-sq-m project will be located close to MAD Architects’ Wormhole Library, which is currently under construction.
The Hainan Science and Technology’s design is inspired by cloud formations and the local monsoon rain forests.
Mad Architects says that from afar, the building will emerge from the city appearing as if floating above the jungle.
The fiber-reinforced plastic façade gives the building a reflective exterior.
A skylight in the museum’s dome will allow light in through the centre of the building through an atrium.
The museum will contain 27,782 sq m of facilities, including a permanent exhibition space, a planetarium, a giant-screen theatre and a flying theatre.
Visitors will begin their experience on the fifth floor with a 360-degree viewing platform, then travel downwards through the building visiting technology and space galleries, ocean and life science galleries, maths and science space and an interactive multimedia area.
Mad Architects says that the project should be open by 2024.
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