qScience as spatial experience in a subtropical climate
Location: Guangzhou, China
Client: The People’s Government of Guangzhou
Program: 80.000 m2 360 degree cinema, education center, bus terminal, restaurants, cafés
Marking the southern end of the public axis, the Guangzhou Science Center is part of a newly emerging cluster of cultural institutions including the Guangzhou Museum and a museum of contemporary art.
A public route from a public park runs diagonally through the building, becoming the center’s atrium that serves as entrance hall, distribution space and public display of developments in contemporary science. From this central space the exhibition halls – each featuring a different topic – and the 360 degree cinema can be accessed, allowing for a maximum of flexibility.
This atrium is naturally ventilated throughout large parts of the year, and with its shading roof makes reference to the local Lingnan Architecture of Guangzhou. Also the façade draws its inspiration from this tradition. It is a cast steel abstraction of the old walls made from Oyster shells.
MLA+: Reza Al-Kaabi, Markus Appenzeller, Pinar Bozoglan, Martin Probst, Chris Rooney, Brechtje Spreeuwers, Milena Zaklanovic, Madgalena Szczypka