National Botanical Museum, located in China, is designed by THAD and Sutherland Hussey Harris. Taking on 28.55 hectares of land, the museum embodies the fusion and integration with nature. Positioned strategically at the convergence of multiple valleys, the design concept of the museum is directly inspired by water. THAD and Sutherland Hussey Harris have imagined a structure that “lands on the site like a drop of water, rippling, flowing, spreading, and brimming with the music of the plants and rhythm of life”.
Mimicking the topographic contours of the land, the architecture reunites indoor and outdoor space to achieve a state of universal harmony. The different functions of the museum such as exhibitions and greenhouses have the same architectural expression. Other supporting functions such as administrative offices, business operations, and research are set in the terrain along on the hillside, topped by a continuous platform that connects public spaces, exhibitions, lecture halls, popular science sections, and greenhouses. The public outdoor space is accessible for everyone and can be used for activities like walking, jogging, sporting, camping, tea-drinking, etc. Once completed, the brand new National Botanical Museum will become “a mine of information and color up the urban life”.