Sutherland Hussey Architects, in collaboration with Pansolution International Design, have been awarded first prize in the international competition for the design of the new City Museum for Chengdu, Sichuan, China.The Museum requirements extend to over 70,000m2 of development and will include exhibition space for Natural History, History and Folk, and Chinese Shadow Play as well as a large area for TemporaryExhibition.The proposed site for the new Museum sits along the full extent of the west edge of Tian Fu Square. It is approximately 180 metres long and 70 metres wide and is separated from the main Square by a five lane road, lined with large, mature trees. It is a hugely significant site, forming one complete edge of the most important Square in the City.The main entrance to the Museum is located at the junction of the two routes. On entering thebuilding, the main reception Hall looks over a large void which extends down through the basement levels and steps up to the roof in an ever increasing volume, providing natural light and orientation to all levels of the Museum.A large glazed south façade provides light and views into the entrance foyer whilst further natural light is provided via a large roof-light which punctures through the top floor accommodation. The lifts and escalators are located within this void to provide a clear and direct circulation system for the building, and a dramatic and sculptural visual focus to the entrance.