Musée des sciences naturelles de Lhassa

2009 / 2015

Tibet Natural Science Museum

Culture / Public facilities

Natural Sciences, Technology & Arts Museum

Lhasa is one of the highest cities in the world, reaching an altitude of 3650 metres. The National Museum is located west of Lhasa at the heart of the Himalaya, spreading along the canal. The irregular shape of the building echoes the surrounding mountain ridges, thus fitting perfectly into the unique Tibetan environment.

 The main building design draws its inspiration from sculptures evoking the origins of the Tibetan people: the façade design, reminiscent of a mandala pattern, refers to the “khata” (the Tibetan ceremonial scarf). This structural mesh, mirroring the snowy mountains, gives a certain lightness to the massive building.

 The museum is meant to be flexible, easily adaptable to the scientific teams. Architectural design has been integrated to the museum layout from the very beginning of the project, thus combining adaptable spaces featuring the latest technologies and museum installations. The great hall acts as a buffer space which ensures energy savings, and the rooftop and façade patterns filter sunlight, thus modulating light and temperature inside the building.

 The Natural Science Museum of Lhasa blends cutting-edge technologies and traditional Tibetan symbols; past, present and future meet in this very place to offer the region a sustainable and cultural project at an international scale. We are convinced that this museum, intended to the largest audience, will be an asset for the city of Lhasa.


Client: Tibet Science and Technology Bureau
Architect: Architecture Studio
Local architect: Cendes
Coordination : Sichuan Zhongtai Construction Project Management Ltd.
Construction company : SINOCONST
Showcase design : Beijing QingShang Environment & Architectural Design Institute
Projet area: 32.000 m2
International competition: 2009, Winner
Completion: 2015

Lhasa, China

Tibet Natural Science Museum

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