Construction has been completed on the Tianjin Binhai Exploratorium, a 33,000-square-meter (355,200-square-foot) museum structure in Tianjin, China. Designed in 2013-2014, the Exploratorium is set to open in Fall 2019. The Exploratorium will showcase artifacts from Tianjin’s industrial past through large-scale contemporary technology, including spectacular rockets for space research. The project is part of the city’s Binhai Cultural Center and contains facilities for cultural events and exhibitions as well as galleries, offices, and restaurant and retail spaces.
▼项目外观，external view of the building
Bernard Tschumi Architects designed the Exploratorium to relate to the rich industrial history of the area, the site of high-volume manufacturing and research. A series of large-scale cones creates major rooms throughout the museum. The central cone, lit from above, connects all three levels of the Exploratorium. A spiraling ramp ascends to the top level, offering an unusual spatial experience of the modern vertical city by reinterpreting an ancient industrial typology. The roof is accessible to visitors and acts as a promenade with striking views over the surrounding city.
“The Exploratorium is designed as a building for the past, the present, and the future of Tianjin,” says Bernard Tschumi.
▼建筑由一系列椎体构成，the project is composed of a series of cones
▼穿孔铝板统一建筑外观，perforated aluminum panels unified the appearance of the building
▼立面细部，details of the facade
The focal point of the exhibition complex is the grand lobby or cone that provides access to all public parts of the program. This immense cone—almost double the height of the Guggenheim Museum— connects to all surrounding spaces and allows visitors to spiral through the large exhibition halls stacked on each end of the building, past view portholes and light wells that give each hall an individual character and configuration. Grand, triple-height spaces define the main circulation, while a constellation of lights and circular light wells give the space an other-worldly feel. The perforated aluminum facade gives a unified presence to the building, despite its large size and the disparate elements of the program.
▼巨大的中央椎体，the grand central cone
The cones provide even, natural light to gallery spaces and reduce the energy loads required for artificial lighting. Their tapered forms also concentrate warm air, which can then be channeled out of the building in summer or back into the galleries in winter. Glazing surfaces are minimized except when desired for program. The perforated metal panels of the facade help reduce heat gain. The central, large atrium acts as a solar chimney, drawing up hot air and replacing it with cool air from below in a constant airstream.
▼锥形展厅，cone-shaped exhibition halls
The Exploratorium has been designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects in collaboration with Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI). It is the office’s first large-scale, built architectural project in China. The Binhai Cultural Center master plan was prepared by gmp (gmp on gooood) and includes a library (click HERE to view more) designed by MVRDV (MVRDV on gooood).
Project Name: Tianjin Binhai Exploratorium
Design: Bernard Tschumi Architects
Schedule: commission|2013, completion|2019
Lcation: Tianjin Binhai New Area, China
Size: 355,200 sq. feet (33,000 sq. meters)
Client: Tianjin Binhai Municipality
Lead Designer: Bernard Tschumi
Key personnel: Joel Rutten, Nianlai Zhong, Christopher Lee, Pierre-Yves Kuhn, Jerome Haferd, Bart-Jan Polman, Dora Felekou, Pedro Camara, Shayi Liang, Nate Oppenheim, Kate Scott, Clinton Peterson, Olga Jitariouk, Sung Yu
Local Architects and Engineers: Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute (TUPDI)
Photographer: Kris Provoost