MAD Architects, led by ma yansong, reveals plans for Hainan science and technology museum in Haikou City, Hainan, China. The project is located on the west coast of Haikou, surrounded by sports stadiums and a national wetland park ‘Primeval forest and technology of the future meet.’ The museum is the second major public project in Hainan after MAD’s the cloud landscape of haikou, which opened back in April, while it is scheduled to be completed and open to the public in 2024.all images courtesy of MAD architects
once completed, MAD architects The Hainan Science and Technology Museum serves as a destination for the exploration of science, technology, and nature, and encourages visitors to take inspiration from both urban and nature. The main pavilion of the museum is shaped against the backdrop of a rich tropical rainforest ‘like a cloud in dialogue with nature’. From a distance, the futuristic building appears to jut out of the city as the visitor enters the museum area as it hovers over the jungle.
fiber-reinforced plastic envelops the facade of the museum and makes the building with its silver, reflective exterior and its futuristic aesthetics unmistakable from near and far. Inside, the museum will include 27,782 m² of above-ground facilities, including permanent exhibition space, a planetarium, a large-screen theater and a flying theater. its internal structure consists of three floor-to-ceiling cores, curved trusses, spiral ramps and a roof, all of which are exposed to achieve harmony between the architectural forms and the structural system. The spacious atrium is bathed in natural light by a skylight in the dome of the museum and creates a bright and transparent environment.
A spiral-shaped exhibition room rises from the central hall over five floors and connects the visitors through the museum. The exhibition experience begins on the fifth floor, where the elevator opens to a 360-degree viewing platform with the sea and the urban landscape in the distance. Visitors to this top floor first explore the technology and space galleries before walking down the ramp to the ocean and life science galleries on the fourth floor, the math and science galleries on the third floor, as well as the multimedia interactive experience area and children’s playground on the second floor.
Outside, an undulating canopy extends in all directions from the main pavilion, protecting the public from Haikou’s humid and rainy climate. the north side of the canopy also houses the big screen and the flying theater and in the southwest corner the planetarium and the observatory. The museum’s various outdoor public areas, including a crater-like sunken plaza and reflective pool, provide areas for rest and relaxation. “The diversity of the surrounding tropical plants makes this an ideal setting to get to know nature and to offer visitors not only an exhibition experience, but also a pleasant environment to enjoy and experience nature freely”, Notes MAD.
The Hainan Science and Technology Museum will break the first sod at the end of August 2021 and is scheduled to be completed and made accessible to the public in 2024.