Bernard Tschumi Architects complete industrial sciences museum in China

by Andrew Manns | 29 Jan 2019

Project teams have announced the completion of the Tianjin Binhai Exploratorium, a science and industry museum designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects (BTA).

Featuring chimney-like spires and a bronze-coloured facade of perforated aluminium that resembles the iconic mudbrick fortresses and mosques of Timbuktu, the Exploratorium will mainly house galleries of exhibits on Tianjin's industrial past.

The 33,000 sq m structure, BTA's first large-scale project in China, will also comprise offices, retail spaces, and a restaurant, all of which will adjoin a grand foyer with a spiralling ramp.

Another highlight of the museum will be its MVRDV-designed library.

Additionally, the Exploratorium's roof will be accessible to visitors and will serve as a viewing station and promenade.

Commenting on the project, to which BTA has been attached for five years, Bernard Tschumi – the firm's principal and founder – said: "The Exploratorium is designed as a building for the past, the present, and the future of Tianjin."

The new attraction is scheduled to open this fall.

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Bernard Tschumi Architects complete industrial sciences museum in China
Project teams have announced the completion of the Tianjin Binhai Exploratorium, a science and industry museum designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects (BTA).