If you thought that Shanghai already had everything, you’re wrong. It doesn’t have the world’s largest planetarium — yet.
Work has officially began on the 528 million yuan ($82.23 million) planetarium in Lingang area of Pudong that is set to open in 2020.
Last year, Ennead Architects won an international competition to design the Shanghai Plantetarium. Here’s what they had to say about its “celestial design”:
Drawing inspiration form astronomical principles, our design strategy provides a platform for the experience of orbital motion, and utilizes that as a metaphorical reference and generator of form.
Three ‘celestial bodies’ comprise the architecture: the Oculus, the Inverted Dome, and the Sphere. Suspended above the main entry to the Museum, the Oculus demonstrates the passage of time by tracking a circle of sunlight on the ground across the entry plaza and reflecting pool. The Inverted Dome, which facilitates an authentic experience of both day and night sky, sits atop the central atrium around which all galleries are organized and through which all visitors pass.
Finally the Sphere contains the domed screen of the Planetarium; a continuous skylight around the Sphere allows direct sunlight to enter and marks the passage of time in the Museum below, with a full circular ring of light realized at the non hour of the summer solstice.
We for one think it looks out of this world.
Meanwhile Chinese netizens think it looks a bit like a cell phone and wonder why China always feels the need to build something that is the “biggest in the world.”
[Images via Arch Daily]