Aerospace Museum, Hebei District

Sky Ocean
Beijing, China
462,848sq.ft / 43,000 m2
DreamEast Future World is an aerospace museum as well as an aerospace experience theme park. The most notable difference between DreamEast Future World and other aerospace museums and science and technology pavilions lies in the project’s unique design with an emphasis on the visitor’s experience. Apart from the science-popularization exhibit, the project has also introduced exciting interactive elements for visitors to better appreciate aerospace and future technologies through more interesting experiences, thus truly realizing the concept of “edutainment”. DreamEast Future World not only serves as a second classroom for the growth and learning of children and teenagers and a launch pad for them to encounter and practice aerospace concepts, but also as an aerospace theme park for the whole family to enjoy.
The museum is located at the heart of the Futura City in Beijing’s neighboring Hebei District. It is adjacent yet detached from the central park and its many amenities. The obvious solution was to devise a footbridge to link the two; OUR solution was to merge the building and the bridge into one- a singe transitional object, turning the bridge component into yet another gallery.
We started with rough sketches to establish the footprint in the available space and this evolved into drawing a continuous form that wraps around itself. Inside, the large central lobby houses a pair of escalators that transport the visitor up through the focal LED sphere on a journey of discovery and space. Visitors can then take their time meandering down cantilevered ramps exploring the exhibit. Externally, the LED sphere acts as an environmental lighting sculpture whilst internally it is one large immersive projection environment.
Also included in the building are two levels of exhibition space and interactive stations, as well as an indoor roller coaster attraction with projections, offering all visitors the opportunity to experience the wonder of flight and space travel.

HETZEL DESIGN   Los Angeles, USA 2020.

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