The world’s largest astronomy museum, designed by Ennead Architects, is now open in Shanghai, China. The whole museum covers an area of 420,000 square feet and features a 78-foot-tall solar telescope, an exhibition space and a planetarium.
Ennead partner, Thomas J. Wong describes “In making this building, we wanted to create a place where the institutional mission is fully enmeshed with an architecture that itself is teaching, and finds form in some of the fundamental principles that shape our universe”.
“The big idea of the Shanghai Astronomy Museum was to infuse a visceral experience of the subject matter into the design, and to deliver that before you even enter the building, and at the end of visit, there is this culminating moment directly with the sky, which is framed and supported by the architecture.”
Visitors are welcomed to the oculus above the main entrance, where sunlight enters and gradually gives visitors chances to observe the futuristic sphere whilst passing through the museum.