Pelli Clarke Pelli win Chengdu Natural History Museum project with design inspired by tectonic movement

We look forward to creating a building that embodies the uniqueness of the city of Chengdu and the mission of this important cultural institution within the community
– Kristin Hawkins, Pelli Clarke Pelli associate principal

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects have won the international design competition for the Chengdu Natural History Museum in Chengdu, China.

The studio’s design, created in collaboration with the China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI), swayed the jury panel. It was selected ahead of submissions from Zaha Hadid Architects, Sutherland Hussey Harris, Nihon Sekkei, Valode & Pistre and FUKSAS.

Located in the eastern part of the city, the 62,700sq m (675,000sq ft) project will include spaces for permanent, temporary and interactive exhibitions, educational facilities, shops, a café, a cinema and outdoor social areas.

The building has been conceived as a cultural landmark for Chengdu, which is in the midst of an economic boom as a new high-tech and entrepreneurial hub. Pelli Clarke Pelli’s design is inspired by the natural geological forms found in the nearby Sichuan Basin, created by volcanic activity and shifting tectonic plate movements.

The central atrium will be a tall space dividing the building into two separate volumes. It will be filled with natural light from above, while a large entrance will connect the museum with surrounding gardens. A series of sky bridges will cross the atrium, connecting the exhibits with the public amenities on either side.

Outside, reflecting pools and tributaries will frame the museum, evoking the region’s historic irrigation systems.

“We look forward to a strong partnership with our client and CSWADI toward creating a building that embodies the uniqueness of the city of Chengdu and the mission of this important cultural institution within the community,” said Pelli Clarke Pelli associate principal Kristin Hawkins.

In a statement, the jury panel said: “The greatest feature of this design is that it managed to maintain a vertical visual impression of the building while the human-scale experience of it is in a horizontal way. The scheme integrates architecture, landscape, and the surrounding environment well.”

The Chengdu Natural History Museum is currently scheduled for completion in 2021.

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects  Chengdu Natural History Museum  CSWADI  Sichuan Basin  Kristin Hawkins 
Related stories

GMP win architecture competition to design Chinese opera house and arts complex

Make Architects designs Chinese hotel complex in restored monastery

Letchworth Garden City inspires development of Chinese city of Chengdu

Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects have won the international design competition for the Chengdu Natural History Museum in Chengdu, China. The studio’s design, created in collaboration with the China Southwest Architectural Design and Research Institute (CSWADI), swayed the jury panel. It was selected ahead of submissions from Zaha Hadid Architects, Sutherland Hussey Harris, Nihon Sekkei, Valode & Pistre and FUKSAS. Located in the eastern part of the city, the 62,700sq m
CLD,VAT,HAM,AAC,ARC,DES
Pelli Clarke Pelli Architects have won the international design competition for the Chengdu Natural History Museum in Chengdu, China / Steelblue
More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6474     
 
 
 
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6474     
 
 
 
company profile
Company profile: Alliance Leisure Services Ltd
The company’s core business is the provision of facility development and support for local authorities, educational establishments and leisure trusts that want to improve or expand the leisure products and services they offer.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
features
Stacks of cement roof tiles make up the walls of the structure
Mexican architect Frida Escobedo runs a practice in Mexico City
"I hope visitors will find a space in which the passage of time feels a bit hazy — fun yet meditative"

Creating the Serpentine Pavilion

Thun wants developers to be more sustainable
Matteo Thun leads a design studio of over 70 people, with offices in Milan and Shanghai
"We want a longer life cycle for every product, even if it means business is slower"

Simplicity and sustainability should be at the heart of all design argues the Italian architect

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
features
Musée de la Romanité is next to an ancient amphitheatre in Nîmes
French-Brazilian architect Elizabeth de Portzamparc designed the museum
"This museum is the smallest public facility I’ve worked on, but the most symbolic"

On her futuristic new museum

Interview: Ole Scheeren on why 'form follows fiction' in his work
According to Ole Scheeren, the best buildings are the ones that tell us stories
"Economic value can be achieved by a sense of generosity towards the public domain"

The architect behind Beijing’s CCTV Headquarters and the Taipei Performing Arts Center talks form, fiction and fantasy with Kim Megson

People are looking for neighbourhoods that support a healthy lifestyle
"Wellness real estate makes up about 1.5% of the total annual global construction market"

Research by the Global Wellness Institute valued wellness real estate at US$134bn in 2017 and growing. The research authors outline the implications

features
Ben van Berkel believes practices will all become ‘arch tech’ firms
"We’re living in the age of the iPhone, yet the architecture and construction industries are still in the Walkman phase"

On the launch of his tech startup

Arva, an Italian restaurant, is one of five on-site dining offers
"This carefully choreographed interplay of room and courtyard extends through all scales of the masterplan"

The desire to save a threatened forest and historic buildings in China led to a truly unique resort, We speak to the people that made it happen

The new stadium will be notable for its wide array of leisure amenities
Meis has helped design some of the world’s most successful stadiums
"It’s one of the tragedies of the US that so many of our stadiums get replaced after 20 years"

The Everton and AS Roma stadium architect talks through the challenges and rewards of sports facility design

cladkit product news
Ben van Berkel launches UNSense startup to boost health and wellbeing in built environments
Kim Megson
Dutch architect Ben van Berkel and his design firm UNStudio have launched a tech startup to “improve the health and ...
London's new pollution-eating living wall has air purifying power of 275 trees
CityTree is a living wall that reduces particulate matter and nitrogen dioxide in the air by 30 per cent
Lauren Heath-Jones
The Crown Estate, a London-based commercial real estate company, has partnered with Westminster City Council and cleantech specialist Evergen Systems ...
Dornbracht debuts Rainmoon wellness shower concept at  Salone del Mobile
Rainmoon is a multi-sensory wellness experience designed to revitalise and reinvigorate the user
Lauren Heath-Jones
Dornbracht, a German-based luxury bathroom specialist, has launched an innovative new shower experience, Rainmoon. Slated as the next generation of ...
cladkit product news
Kvorning wins contest to design aquaculture exhibit at Norway's Coastal Museum
The exhibition explores the history of Norway's fish-farming industry dating back to 1970
Lauren Heath-Jones
Copenhagen-based design studio Kvorning Design and Norwegian advertising agency Vindfang have won a competition, organised by Museums in Sør Trøndelag ...
Bright Buildings to create UK's first 'open sky' swimming pool
Bright Buildings will create the retractable roof for the Open Sky pool at Ivybridge Leisure Centre
Lauren Heath-Jones
Leisure operator Fusion Lifestyle has announced that it will invest millions of pounds over the course of the next three ...
Parkside opens flagship Chelsea showroom
The showroom is designed to inspire its clients
Lauren Heath-Jones
Parkside, a designer of contemporary porcelain and ceramic tiles, has opened its first showroom in the UK. Located in Chelsea ...
cladkit product news
Carlo Ratti's 'wonder wall' robot could become reality with kickstarter campaign
Unveiled at Milan Design Week, as part of Ratti's Living Nature installation, the Scribit is the result of Ratti's ongoing investigation into and development of writing machines
Lauren Heath-Jones
Carlo Ratti Associatti has developed an intelligent robot capable of writing and drawing on vertical surfaces. Called Scribit, the device ...
Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
Empex Watertoys has partnered with Singapore landscape architecture firm Playpoint Singapore Pte to create Buds, an exciting new splash park ...
x
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates