Zaha Hadid Architects unveils pebble-shaped science museum for Shenzhen
A cascade of terraces will frame a large atrium at the heart of the Shenzhen Science & Technology Museum that Zaha Hadid Architects is developing in China.
Slated for completion in late 2023, the pebble-shaped museum will encompass 125,000-square-metres and contain a mix of public spaces, galleries and educational facilities.
It has been designed by Zaha Hadid Architects as a landmark for Shenzhen's new Guangming Science City – a masterplan intended to establish the city as a hub for innovation.
The terraces and large glazed wall have been positioned to the west of the site, providing views of the adjacent Guangming Park.
Long areas of glazing will also be placed along the lengths of the museum to offer passersby glimpses inside and the atrium will contain large projecting volumes that frame views into the galleries.
Once complete, many of the museum's galleries will be used for permanent exhibitions, while others will be designed to be easily adapted.
This is hoped to ensure the museum's longevity and allow it to host a variety of different exhibitions so that visitors have "a rich and varied experience each time they visit".