Sourced from New Atlas
A few years after doing an outstanding job with the Shanghai Natural History Museum, Perkins+Will has unveiled plans to return to that part of the world with its similarly ambitious Suzhou Science & Technology Museum. The project features an interesting looping form and some sustainable design, including a green roof and rainwater management.
Intended to serve as the centerpiece of a new cultural district northwest of Shanghai, the Suzhou Science & Technology Museum is shaped like a ribbon and looks similar to BIG's Villa Gug, albeit on a larger scale. According to the firm, it's also meant to bring to mind a silk scarf, a popular export in the area.
The 600,000 sq ft (55,741 sq m) building will emerge from the base of a nearby mountain and cantilever over a lake and an archipelago of small artificial islands. It will sport a metal mesh facade that transitions from opaque to transparent, offering control of daylight and solar gain for light-sensitive exhibits. This will also allow interior light to filter through the facade at night, making the museum glow like a lantern.
Visitors will enter the museum through a three-story atrium adjacent to a sunken water-filled courtyard. The renders depict a large globe at the building's center and there will also be an industrial exhibition hall highlighting the role of industrial development in improving people's lives.