Museum of Zoolite
Site Area: 130,000 sqmBuilding Area: 12,000 sqmTotal Floor Area: 29,655 sqm
The site for this museum is located in Hezheng County of Gansu Province, northwest china. There are already two operating Fossil Museums in the Hezheng area, and this Zoolite Museum would be its third. The Hezheng area is one of the world’s richest areas in ancient animal fossil specimen dating back to 200 million years ago. The aim of the Zoolite Museum is to exhibit these fossils and emphasize the rich historical value that they embody.
Initially, the site for the museum was to be located in the hinterlands of the two existing museums in the area. But a masterplan scheme proposal, by Arata Isozaki & Associates, called for bringing the site of the Zoolite museum in close proximity to the existing museum ones so as to create a unified cultural museum area that would strengthen the historical importance of the Hezheng area. The Zoolite museum is now embedded in the 25 feet high cliff by the river, rendering the building prominently visible from the city and its main roads and creating a visual gateway to Hezheng new integrated cultural area. The Zoolite museum houses three types of exhibition spaces, the scientific, the educational, and the artistic, which are juxtaposed over it’s spaces to create a rich and diverse museum experience tailored to the different visitors of this facility.