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The Dinosaur Egg Museum

The architect is by no means the dictator of building form– instead, the form of the museum is given collectively by dinosaurs from 80 million years ago, geologist on the excavation mission 4 years ago and the Architect. The morphology of the design roots in spatial distribution of the dinosaur eggs and vertical variation of the on-site topography. The site remained least disturbed, with the minimally- designed walking bridge gently floating above to hug around the site of the eggs, which further determines the direction and form of the architecture that serves as a silent backdrop for the site. It is a building that is modest to the site, honest to the history and respectful to the archaeological excavation. 

Old material + New construction technique: The fast-growing local bamboo was chosen as a low-budget sustainable material. However the conventional material is used with innovation: the bamboo was used mostly to make molds that provides concrete a unique, rough and textual finishing. The old tiles from deserted earth houses nearby were also recycled in an innovative way: They are used to constructed second layer of the roof. Two layers of roof enables the circulation of air in between, therefore minimizing heat from entering the building during the summer day.“The Chimneys of Light” are used to provide simple and pure “natural spotlight” for the dinosaur eggs, the only item on exhibition in the entire museum. “The Chimneys of Light” also construct a mysterious atmosphere for the exhibition. 

In order to be least imposing to the site, the 70-meter-long museum was broken into some small connected pieces according to the undulating site topography. For joining the pieces, the architect developed a “wind-transparent but light-blocking” window system to ensure good indoor air quality, comfortable indoor temperature but dark and mysterious exhibition atmosphere. 

PROJECT The Dinosaur Egg Museum In Qinglong Mountain National Geo-Park China
ARCHITECT Wuhan HUST architecture and urban planning design institute – Baofeng Li, Jianmin Ding, Changshun Xu
LOCATION Qinglong Mountain National-Geo-Park, Shiyan, Hubei Province, China
YEAR 2016
PHOTO Su Shengliang