Architecture and design fans, take note: It's time for a trip to Shanghai, to visit the Shanghai Natural History Museum. The sprawling, 479,180-square-foot-space is located inside a sculpture park in the Jing’an District downtown.
Designed by Perkins+Will (the internationally acclaimed firm behind San Francisco’s Ferry Building, Chicago’s O’Hare International Airport, and New York City’s Intrepid Sea, Air and Space Museum), it's designed to evoke harmony between visitors and the surrounding nature, with features like a 100-foot-tall atrium inspired by a nautilus shell, outer walls that allow daylight in while keeping heat out, and a courtyard pond that stores rainwater and cools the building through its evaporation.
Beyond the design, the museum houses impressive collections, including one of the largest dinosaurs in the world, more than 11,000 artifacts from all seven continents, a 4D theatre and a 323,000-square-foot sculpture park. Having just opened in May, its inaugural “Miracle of Life” exhibit, featuring items from China’s paleontological age, runs through March 31, 2017. Get a glimpse here before you go.