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Ennead Architects break ground on Shanghai Planetarium
POSTED 22 Nov 2016 . BY Kim Megson
The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion Credit: Ennead Architects
"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"
– Thomas Wong, lead designer
Ennead Architects have broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the city’s Lingang district.

The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion. Visitors will be guided through each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome and the Sphere – that act as astronomical instruments, tracking the sun, moon and stars and reminding visitors that our conception of time originates in distant astronomical objects.

The 38,000sq m (409,000sq ft) facility will explore the mysteries of space, celebrate the history of Chinese astronomy and reflect the future ambitions of China’s space exploration programme. It will feature an optical planetarium, a digital sky theatre, an IMAX cinema, a solar telescope, an observatory and a range of galleries.

The project, led by Ennead design partner Thomas Wong and management partner Guy Maxwell, is set to open in 2020.

"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," said Wong, who has previously outlined the project in an interview with CLAD.
The 38,000sq m (409,000sq ft) facility will explore the mysteries of space, celebrate the history of Chinese astronomy and reflect the future ambitions of China’s space exploration programme Credit: Ennead Architects
The facility is being built for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Credit: Ennead Architects
Visitors will be guided through each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome and the Sphere Credit: Ennead Architects
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Shanghai Planetarium
Ennead Architects has revealed futuristic plans for the new Shanghai Planetarium after the New York-based design firm won an international contest for its commission. The firm’s design strategy has been based on orbital motion. An oculus, inverted dome and sphere comprise the central body of the architecture, with the building form, programme and circulation incorporating orbital movement, supporting the flow of visitors through the galleries and the three central bodies.

Location: Shanghai , China
Size: 38,000sq m

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Ennead Architects break ground on Shanghai Planetarium
POSTED 22 Nov 2016 . BY Kim Megson
The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion Credit: Ennead Architects
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
– Thomas Wong, lead designer
Ennead Architects have broken ground on the Shanghai Planetarium for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum (SSTM) in the city’s Lingang district.

The international competition-winning design draws inspiration from astronomical principles, invoking the experience of orbital motion. Visitors will be guided through each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome and the Sphere – that act as astronomical instruments, tracking the sun, moon and stars and reminding visitors that our conception of time originates in distant astronomical objects.

The 38,000sq m (409,000sq ft) facility will explore the mysteries of space, celebrate the history of Chinese astronomy and reflect the future ambitions of China’s space exploration programme. It will feature an optical planetarium, a digital sky theatre, an IMAX cinema, a solar telescope, an observatory and a range of galleries.

The project, led by Ennead design partner Thomas Wong and management partner Guy Maxwell, is set to open in 2020.

"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," said Wong, who has previously outlined the project in an interview with CLAD.
The 38,000sq m (409,000sq ft) facility will explore the mysteries of space, celebrate the history of Chinese astronomy and reflect the future ambitions of China’s space exploration programme Credit: Ennead Architects
The facility is being built for the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum Credit: Ennead Architects
Visitors will be guided through each of the building’s three principal forms – the Oculus, the Inverted Dome and the Sphere Credit: Ennead Architects
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