Shanghai Planetarium Building

Shanghai Planetarium Building, Science and Technology Museum, SSTM Lingang

Shanghai Planetarium Building

SSTM Development, Lingang, China: Chinese Architecture – design by Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects

18 Nov 2016

Shanghai Planetarium Building

Design: Thomas Wong / Ennead Architects

Location: Lingang district, Shanghai, China

Shanghai Planetarium Breaks Ground

Shanghai Planetarium Building

New York, NY, November 17, 2016 – Ennead Architects broke ground last week on the Shanghai Planetarium, the new 38,000 SM / 409,000 SF planetarium that will define a new identity for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) and the Lingang district of Shanghai.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

Each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome and the Sphere acts as an astronomical instrument, tracking the sun, moon and stars and reminding visitors that our conception of time originates in distant astronomical objects. The building form, program and circulation support the flow of visitors through the galleries and the experience of these three central bodies.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

“In linking the new Museum to both scientific purpose and to the celestial references of buildings throughout history, the exhibits and architecture will communicate more than scientific content: they will illuminate what it means to be human in a vast and largely unknown universe,” states Thomas Wong, lead designer of the building and Design Partner in Ennead Architects.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

Celebrating the continuum of time and space, the planetarium is modern and forward-looking while at the same time presents a link to the past, mirroring both the rich history of Chinese astronomy and the future ambitions of China’s space exploration program.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

The Shanghai Planetarium is exemplary of Ennead’s current work in China, which includes the Taopu SciTech city master plan and Phase I development (also selected in an international competition), Huawei Wuhan Research and Development Campus, and Lingang Sci Tech city.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

These designs integrate commercial, cultural and civic uses to sponsor civic engagement in 21st-century Chinese cities.

The project, led by Mr. Wong and management partner Guy Maxwell, is to open in 2020.

Shanghai Planetarium Building

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