Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab

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Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab

Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography, Facade
southeast entrance. Image © Arch-Exist

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  • Area Area of this architecture project Area :  2986
  • Year Completion year of this architecture project Year :  2022
  • Photographs
  • Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project

    Manufacturers :  宁波江花玻璃科技有限公司, 广东坚朗五金制品股份有限公司, 方大新材料(江西)有限公司

  • Lead Architect : Zhepeng Xu

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Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
exterior. Image Courtesy of DDB Architects
Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
the nectar plant area on the north side. Image Courtesy of DDB Architects

Text description provided by the architects. Built in 1996, Zhou Yao Insect Museum in Ningbo, Zhejiang Province is named after the revered father of Chinese entomology. It is the largest entomological museum in Asia that is dedicated to a person. After decades of use, it has now been relocated to Yinzhou Park (known as Ningbo’s “green lung”) and expanded its area from 500 square meters to more than 3,000 square meters. The museum is both a thematic museum and a memorial to Professor Zhou Yao. The original venue was facing challenges in regard to presenting exhibitions, including outdated facilities, insufficient exhibition space, and rigid exhibition methods. The new design has tackled these challenges and presented the city with a venue that satisfies contemporary exhibition requirements. It also acts as a public platform that accommodates exhibition, education, social interaction and experience of nature. Standing comfortably in its surroundings, the design has created a welcoming public space for the city.

Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
south facade. Image © Arch-Exist
Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
homogeneous soft and dynamic facade. Image © Arch-Exist

Concept: Butterflies, the inspiration and the embodiment

The original concept of the design revolves around “butterflies”. Inspired by the abstracted butterfly form shown in the collection, the project adopts the “butterfly triangle” as the prototype, and uses the chamfered triangle, a metaphor for butterfly wings, as the design motif in the architectural form and layout. In the meantime, the ultra-light and delicate features of the insect’s wings are well embodied in the parametric gradient glazing of the building’s skin. Together they create a distinctive form that is not only mimetic, but also more in line with the theme of the museum.

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form generation
Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
outdoor recreation area. Image © Arch-Exist

Layout: Top-to-bottom connection and inside-outside fusion

The spatial organization of the building is defined by the physical conditions of the site. Through the integrated design of the indoor exhibition space and the outdoor public space, the layout of the entire site was decided, with an emphasis on the interaction with nature. At the plan level, various functions are arranged into “butterfly triangles” of varied sizes. This recreation area, located at the north side of the building, was created by harnessing the 1m difference in elevation between the road and the park to naturally form a series of steps. It encourages various interactions with the space and helps generate a fused indoor-outdoor experience.

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circulation analysis
Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
south facade facing the river. Image © Arch-Exist

Facade: Ultimate lightness and uttermost details

The land restraint, the maximized use of space on the first floor and the facade design altogether create a dynamic overall image for the building. The design takes advantage of the difference in height to create a 3D butterfly triangle; two full-height traffic spaces — the foyer and the “butterfly valley” — are created at the sides of the building. The facade facing the city road is light, elegant and dynamic, projecting a distinct urban image; while on the side facing the waterfront, the facade appears to be dancing, the space is integrated into the park grounds and becomes the stage of the park.

Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
butterfly valley. Image © Arch-Exist
Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
The shape of the fixture is adjusted in alignment with the diamond patterns and matching the color of the glue seam. Image © Quan Zhang

The white glazed glass on the facade creates a soft, almost disappearing effect, forming a sequence of rhythm. In combination with the gradual gradient change of skin units, it weaves a facade that is as light as wings. Through sophisticated parametric design control, the curtain wall components and divisions between the curtain panels are successfully hidden in the glazed patterns.

Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab - Exterior Photography
Combination of flat, single and multi-curved glass. Image © Quan Zhang

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Address:No. 336, Rili West Road, Yinzhou District, Ningbo, Zhejiang, China

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Cite: “Zhou Yao Insect Museum / DDB Architects + Sitarch Lab” 21 Jun 2022. ArchDaily. Accessed .

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southeast entrance. Image © Arch-Exist

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