Creative museum design

Binhai Science Museum

Architect: Bernard Tschumi Architects

Location: Binhai, China

Year: 2019


“The Exploratorium is designed as a building for the past, the present, and the future of Tianjin,” says Bernard Tschumi. The focal point of the exhibition complex is the grand lobby or cone that provides access to all public parts of the program.


Front view of Tianjin museum

Binhai science museum front view .BTA


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 lightwells that give each hall an individual character and configuration.


Amazing Museum

Grand, triple-height spaces define the main circulation, while a constellation of lights and circular lightwells 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.

A artistic ramp full of sun Rays

Interior area of the Binhai science museum .BTA


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 a program.

Bernard Tschumi sketches

Binhai science museum sketch by Bernard Tschumi

Red in architecture_ Bernard Tschumi signature

“Red is not a color”. Bernard Tschumi


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.

Red touches in architecture sections

Binhai science museum section


Cite: “Binhai Science Museum / Bernard Tschumi Architects” 24 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Feb 2022. <> ISSN 0719-8884

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