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Next time you are in Shnaghai, be sure to check out the brand new largest astronomy museum in the world which spans an impressive 420,000 square feet (39,000 sqm).
Designed without straight lines or right angles, it is supposed to echo the geometry of the universe.
It is the new astronomical branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum and solely dedicated to the study of astronomy.
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The design was conceived by Ennead Architects, a firm with offices in New York and Shanghai.
Different levels of scale and form have been used, along light manipulation to increase your awareness of astronomy basics, such as the fundamental relationship to the sun and the earth’s orbital motion.
The structure’s complex curvilinear shape is formed from three overlapping arcs, says Ennead’s website. These are symbolic of how the museum is a celebration of “the continuum of time and space.”
The facade of the museum’ features winding architectural ribbons. A planet-like sphere envelopes the planetarium theater. Another striking feature to look out for is the inverted dome, a large inverted glass tension structure that sits on top of the central atrium of the building. From the center of the glass dish, you get an unimpeded view of the sky.
There is a jaw-dropping 720-degree spiraling ramp underneath the inverted dome that traces the orbital flow of the visitor sequence throughout the museum exhibits and launches the eye upward to its apex.
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