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MAD unveils designs for new Hainan Science and Technology Museum

Chinese architecture studio MAD has unveiled designs for the Hainan Science and Technology Museum, opening in 2024 in Haikou, Hainan.

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MAD Architects, led by Ma Yansong, has released visuals of the Hainan Science and Technology Museum, due for completion and launch in 2024 in Haikou, Hainan.

The Hainan Science and Technology Museum is MAD’s second major public project in Hainan following the Cloudscape of Haikou, which debuted in April this year.

“MAD’s design for the museum draws from the site’s dual urban and natural context, one where a ‘primeval rainforest and technology of the future meet’,” said the studio.

“Set against the backdrop of a rich tropical rainforest, the museum’s main pavilion is shaped like a cloud in dialogue with nature,” MAD added.

Hainan museum set to open in 2024

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“From a distance, the futuristic building appears to emerge from the city, while visitors entering in the museum area witness it floating above the jungle.”

The museum is spread across a total area of 46,528 square meters. It will break ground in late August 2021 and is scheduled for completion and opening in 2024.

The attraction will feature 27,782 square meters of above-ground facilities. These include a planetarium, observatory, theatre, flying theatre and permanent exhibition space.

The exhibition experience starts on the fifth floor, where an elevator opens to a 360-degree viewing platform. Also accessible on the fifth floor are technology and space galleries.

MAD’s next public project in Hainan

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On the fourth floor, visitors will find ocean and life science galleries. The third floor houses maths and science galleries, and the second floor is home to a multimedia interactive experience area and children’s playground.

As for outside spaces, the museum includes a sunken plaza and reflecting pool surrounded by tropical plants. These are intended as areas for relaxation.

“The diversity of the surrounding tropical plants makes this an ideal setting for learning about nature, offering visitors more than simply an exhibition-viewing experience,” MAD said.

The Shanghai Astronomy Museum, the largest planetarium in the world, recently opened to the public in China after nearly five years of construction.

Images: MAD

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Bea Mitchell

Bea is a journalist specialising in entertainment, attractions and tech with 10 years' experience. She has written and edited for publications including CNET, BuzzFeed, Digital Spy, Evening Standard and BBC. Bea graduated from King's College London and has an MA in journalism.

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