Natural History Museum, Shanghai

The much anticipated Shanghai Natural History Museum, designed by Perkins+Will’s Global Design Director Ralph Johnson, has opened in Shanghai. The 44,517 square meter (479,180 square foot) museum offers visitors the opportunity to explore the natural world through the display of more than 10,000 artifacts from all seven continents. The building includes exhibit spaces, a 4D theater, an outdoor exhibit garden, and a 30-meter tall atrium that welcomes visitors with an abundance of natural light filtered through a striking glass wall inspired by the cellular structure of plants and animals. (Arch Daily) The building shape is inspired by nautilus shell, the purest geometric forms found in nature. The curves structure in the atrium exterior is a randomly shaped grid facade which could be parametrically defined by a random curtain panel system.
Project 1: Parametric BIM

Modeling Process:
The Envelope system of randomly shaped screens were chosen to be…