Dinosaur egg museum in Hubei picked as world’s top 10 public buildings of 2016

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The Dinosaur Egg Geological Museum in Qinglong Mountain, Shiyan of central China’s Hubei Province, was picked out as “Top 10 Public Buildings in 2016” by Dezeen, the world’s most influential architecture magazine, local media reported on December 21, 2016.

It is designed by architects Li Baofeng, Jianmin Ding and Changshun Xu from Wuhan’s Huazhong University of Science and Technology.

The museum sprawls down a mountainside, covering a geological site containing fossils of dinosaur eggs laid 80 million years ago. First discovered in 1995, the eggs are distributed across a 10-square-kilometre site in Hubei Province.

The 70-metre-long museum is broken down into small sections that adapt to the undulating terrain. “The morphology of the design roots in spatial distribution of the dinosaur eggs and vertical variation of the on-site topography,” said the architects.

The museum was built in 2011 and opened in 2013. It is marked by a sense of history and a sense of belonging with bamboo-textured walls.