LeeMundwiler‘s construction project, the Geology Museum & Research Centre, is the result of a complex brief and a challenging site. Set in a volcanic geological park on the Dapeng Peninsula, Shenzhen, China, the project is split into two volumes – a 6,200 m² museum and a 2,800 m² research centre for visiting academics – connected by a sheltered courtyard.
Incisive linearity and odd angles provide references to the rugged mountain backdrop and the twists and turns of the narrow streets in a nearby village. The natural site is otherwise left untouched, with the client keen to achieve UNESCO heritage status at a later date.
In recognition of the site’s historic narrative, leeMundwiler has used the functional elements of the complex in an intelligent façade that encourages plant growth, moss and lichen, to ‘reclaim’ the form, softening the boundary between the natural attributes of the site and human intervention.