The New Shenzhen Natural History Museum

Located adjacent to the picturesque Yanzi Lake in the Pingshan District of Shenzhen, the new 42,000 square metres facility will be a world-class natural science museum dedicated to interpreting the laws of natural evolution, showing the geographies of Shenzhen and its ecology in a global perspective, and actively advocating science.

B+H, 3XN and Zhubo Design were recently awarded first place in an international design competition for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum, set to be one Shenzhen’s ‘Ten Cultural Facilities of the New Era’ and the first large-scale comprehensive natural museum in Southern China once complete.

With the winning design scheme entitled ‘Delta’, rises seamlessly from the river delta, the design is inviting visitors and residents to journey along its accessible green rooftop. A public park extends throughout the roof and highlights the Natural History Museum’s organic geometries. Like a river stream finding its shape in balance with the earth, every turn frames a new spectacular view over the surrounding park, hills, and lake from dedicated viewing terraces along the roof park.

The design extends the public park network and aims to optimise access to the lush green areas throughout with a range of activities dedicated to keeping the site open and active throughout the day – from early morning jogs to late evening strolls. This gives the opportunity for residents and visitors alike to enjoy and connect with nature.

Like water streaming down a river, the undulating form leads guests to a cave-inspired passage that is connected to the to the museum lobby and activated by multiple cafes and public areas, serving as the pulsating heart of the building. — Construction+ Online

Project Title

The New Shenzhen Natural History Museum

Yanzi Lake, Pingshan, Shenzhen
Design Team
3XN, B+H Architects & Zhubo Design

Engineering Design Management Center of Shenzhen Municipal Construction and Public Works Administration
Site Area

42,000 square metres
Gross Floor Area (GFA)

100,000 square metres (tentative)