The World’s Largest Astronomy Museum Opens in Shanghai

  
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The World’s Largest Astronomy Museum Opens in Shanghai
 

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The World’s Largest Astronomy Museum Opens in Shanghai

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© Courtesy of Ennead Architects, photo by Arch-Exist   The World’s Largest Astronomy Museum Opens in Shanghai


The three main architectural components of the building include the Oculus, the Inverted Dome, and the Sphere.


After an opening ceremony on July 17, the  Shanghai Astronomy Museum  officially opened to the public on July 18. Located in the Lingang area of Shanghai, the new museum is a branch of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum, which also operates the Shanghai Natural History Museum and the Shanghai Planetarium.

At 420,000 square feet, it is the largest museum in the world dedicated to astronomy. But its size isn’t the only impressive thing about this new museum.  Thomas J. Wong  of  Ennead Architects  intentionally designed the building without straight lines or right angles—similar to the geometry of the universe. Previously known as Polshek Partnership, Ennead was also behind the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City.

“The big idea of the Shanghai Astronomy Museum was to infuse a visceral experience of the subject matter into the design,” said Wong in a press release.

That means the three main architectural components of the building—the Oculus, Inverted Dome, and Sphere—not only act as functional elements of the design (the Sphere houses the planetarium theater, for example), but also are working astronomical instruments that track the sun, moon, and stars.

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© Courtesy of Ennead Architects, photo by Arch-Exist   The Oculus is above the museum’s main entrance.

The Oculus  is located directly above the museum’s main entrance. As the sun passes through the opening, a circle of light tracks across the entry plaza marking the passage of time. The Oculus was specially designed so that at noon on the summer solstice, a perfect circle of light aligns with a circular platform directly underneath it.

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© Courtesy of Ennead Architects, photo by Arch-Exist   The Sphere as seen from inside the museum

The Sphere  is embedded in the roof of the museum’s lower wing so half of it is submerged inside the building and appears to float weightlessly above the floor. Inside the sphere, you’ll find the planetarium theater.

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© Courtesy of Ennead Architects, photo by Arch-Exist  The Inverted Dome is an atrium that guests can walk on top of.

The Inverted Dome  is a “large inverted glass tension structure” aka a large glass dish that acts as the atrium of the upper wing of the museum. After following a spiraling ramp underneath the Inverted Dome through the museum’s exhibits, visitors can walk out on top of it to take in the surrounding views.

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© Courtesy of Ennead Architects, photo by Arch-Exist.   Inside the exhibition space within the museum


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Buzz of the Orient
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1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

If I were up to travelling these days - and the super-fast trains here make travelling easy - that would be the first thing I would want to go and see. 

 
 
 
Kavika
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2  Kavika     3 months ago

The description, photos, and video are beyond impressive. No straight lines or right angles and designed for the cosmos. Would I love to be able to tour it.

 
 
 
Hallux
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3  Hallux    3 months ago

Is the museum close to (FAST)  the Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope?

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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3.1  seeder  Buzz of the Orient  replied to  Hallux @3    3 months ago

The museum is in greater Shanghai, a populated area, and FAST is located in the mountains of a wilderness area quite distant from Shanghai.

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sandy-2021492
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4  sandy-2021492    3 months ago

I really want to see this some day.  Beautiful architecture!

 
 
 
Buzz of the Orient
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5  seeder  Buzz of the Orient    3 months ago

Some more images of the museum...

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This is a model in the new museum of the inside of the new Chinese space station.

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Gordy327
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6  Gordy327    3 months ago

It's a shame we don't have more science museums like the Shanghi Museum. Instead, we have fake museums like the Ark Encounter promoting ignorance over actual science.

 
 
 
Sparty On
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8  Sparty On    3 months ago

Persieds peaking Aug 12-13th.   Pretty good moon phase for a darker sky so viewing will be great if it's clear.

Find a patch of dark sky and check it out if you can.   It's usually the best shower of the year.

 
 
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