The Chengdu Natural History Museum in China, designed by Pelli Clarke and Partners, boasts a striking facade reminiscent of jagged mountain peaks in China's Sichuan Province.
The 50,000-square-metre museum is a component of Chengdu's growing "entrepreneurial hub" and harmoniously blends public spaces, shops, galleries and educational facilities.
The design features rock-like volumes enveloped in perforated granite panels, with expansive glazed atria connecting the structures. These "rock volumes" house distinct exhibition spaces, joined by well-lit public areas.
The museum's engaging interior includes suspended dinosaur displays and elevated link bridges inspired by traditional "Shu" mountain paths.
Studio: Pelli Clarke and Partners
Project: Chengdu Museum of Natural History
Credits: Chengdu City Construction Investment and Management Group (CDCI), China Southwest Architectural Design and Research (CSWADI)