The construction of Shanghai Planetarium, the city’s next prominent landmark, is on schedule as it enters its next phase. According to The Paper, the main structure is complete and the installation of curtain walls will now commence.
On June 12, workers spent four hours removing the temporary braces on the 2,000-ton steel structure. “This marks our construction progress reaching 85 percent,” advised Gu Qingsheng, the general director of construction, to jfdaily.
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Lying in Lingang New City, Pudong District, Shanghai Planetarium is a branch of Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. Occupying an area of 38,000 square meters, it will become the largest planetarium in the world once it opens to the public.
Designed by Ennead Architects, the planetarium concept comes from the orbital trajectory of planets. “The three-round features of the planetarium will be mirroring the celestial bodies,” says Gu, who is also the deputy curator of the Shanghai Science and Technology Museum. “By taking this form, we hope visitors can have a better idea about astrology.”
Based on the theme ‘connecting human beings and the universe,’ the planetarium will consist of three sections: home, universe and journey. Visitors will immerse themselves in intergalactic experiences, observing various astrological phenomena such as a meteor shower and sunspot, via professional and sophisticated telescopes.
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Shanghai Planetarium is expected to make its debut in 2020. When open, citizens and tourists can access the educational and entertaining site via Metro Line 16.
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