The Shanghai Natural History Museum is an ambitious project that stretches out over 11 acres of floor space and holds more than 10,000 artifacts from around the world. The museum was built by the Perkins + Will architecture firm.
The museum's unique shape and structure was inspired by the nautilus shell, considered one of nature's purest geometric forms. The central cell wall of the building represents the cellular structure of plants and animals, with the east wall representing earth's vegetation and the northern wall reminiscent of shifting tectonic plates and eroded canyon walls.
Not only does the Shanghai Natural History Museum pay homage to the earth's character and riches, but it also has a green design that makes it eco-friendly.