The opening of the new Experimentarium in Hellerup, Copenhagen, lets visitors experience an entirely new architectural setting that brings science and technology into focus – from the illustration of fluid dynamics on the facades, to the spectacular Helix staircase that meets the guests as a shining icon immediately upon passing the main entrance. The copper-clad stairway spirals up through the building and leads visitors onto four floors filled with new experiences. The significant refurbishment future-proofs a modern Experimentarium, resulting in a doubling of the exhibition area with a total of 16 interactive exhibitions.
▼ 新实验馆外观，external view of the new Experimentarium
▼ 入口处的巨大旋转楼梯，the spectacular Helix staircase at the entrance
THE NEW EXPERIMENTARIUM OPENS TOWARDS THE CITY
“设计的目标是要彻底改变实验馆的建筑外貌。让它从原本内向的建筑变成一座外向、热情而充满活力的城市地标。” – CEBRA创始人Kolya Nielsen
“The aim of the design is a radical change of Experimentarium’s architectural expression. From previously being an introvert building to now appearing as an extrovert, engaging and vibrant attraction.” – founding partner at CEBRA, Kolja Nielsen
Since 1991, Experimentarium has presented challenging and thought-provoking exhibitions in a setting that originally served as a bottling plant for the Tuborg brewery. The building’s different functions are made visible to the city in the form of stacked boxes, which are offset from the base and open themselves towards their surroundings with large expanses of glass, creating a visual connection to the scientific universe inside.
▼ 盒子状的建筑外观，external view of the building like stacked boxes
▼ 概念草图，建筑如堆在一起的盒子，两端设有巨大的楼梯，conception sketch showing the building as stacked boxes with large staircases on the two ends
▼ 透过玻璃可以看到室内的活动，inner activities could be seen through the large glass surface
“好奇是组成实验馆的核心元素。我们希望这里可以激起孩子和年轻人心中的火花，鼓励他们去探索和理解这个奇妙的世界。现在，实验馆拥有了一种新的、开放而又灵活多变的形式。我们将展览面积扩大为原来的两倍，并且设置了屋顶露台，让这里成为了一个全年无休的游览胜地。” – 实验馆总经理Kim Gladstone Herlev
“Curiosity is the core element that Experimetarium is made of. We want to light a spark in children and young people, inspiring them to explore and understand our wonderful world. Now, this curiosity gets a new, spectacular, and flexible framework. We have doubled the exhibition area, and the roof terrace will strengthen Experimentarium as an all-year attraction.” – Kim Gladstone Herlev, managing director of Experimentarium
The boxes are clad with a lightweight façade of perforated aluminium panels, forming a contrast to the base, where the existing brickwork is preserved and emphasizes the meeting between old and new, between past and future, and between natural science and engineering. At the same time, the perforation creates a pattern that illustrates how the flow of air and fluid changes, when it meets resistance. This façade narrative is developed in a close collaboration between Experimentarium and CEBRA.
▼ 轻盈的穿孔铝板立面，下部采用反射性材料，light facade with perforated aluminum panels, the soffit is in reflective material
▼ 上部的穿孔铝板立面和底层的砖结构形成对比，contrast between the upper facade with perforated aluminum panels and the brickwork of the base
▼ 穿孔铝板上形成气流图案，perforated panels creating patterns of air fluid
▼ 建筑入口，底面材料反射下方景色带来独特体验，entrance, the soffit reflecting and distorting the view underside, providing unique experience
THE HELIX STAIRCASE
The first visitor experience is the Helix staircase that welcomes you with its radiating copper cladding as soon as you pass the entrance. Right away, it lets visitors know that they have entered a world of science. The 100m long staircase is built from 160 tons of steel and clad with 10 tons of copper.
▼ 入口处标志性的螺旋楼梯连接四层空间，the iconic Helix staircase at the entrance connecting the four floors
“楼梯不仅是建筑科学特质的化身，还在楼层之间建立起了连贯而方便的内部流线。通过和DTU纳米技术教授Jakob Bohr一起研究，我们决定将楼梯设计成抽象的DNA结构，这便是螺旋楼梯的灵感来源。” – Kolja Nielsen
“The staircase ensures a good internal flow and creates coherence between the floors. At the same time, it substantiates the building’s scientific focus. During a workshop with Jakob Bohr, professor at DTU Nanotech, we were inspired to work with the stairs as an abstract version of the DNA strand’s structure. And so, the idea for the Helix staircase was born.” – Kolja Nielsen
▼ 充满科技感的螺旋楼梯，Helix staircase showing the focus on science and technology
▼ 螺旋楼梯连接屋顶露台，Helix staircase connecting to the roof terrace on the top
Back in 2011, CEBRA won the international architecture competition to design the new Experimentarium. Besides doubling the exhibition area, the refurbishment includes a large roof terrace, which opens for activities during spring 2017, modern staff facilities with visual contact to the visitor areas, a large café and a picnic-area, a convention centre, teaching facilities and a series of workshops.
▼ 丰富多彩的展厅，diverse exhibition areas
▼ 员工工作区和展厅视线相通，visual connection between staff facilities and the exhibition area
▼ 总平面图，site plan
▼ 底层平面图，ground floor plan
▼ 二层平面图，first floor plan
▼ 三层平面图，second floor plan
▼ 四层平面图，third floor plan
▼ 五层平面图，fourth floor plan
Address: Tuborg Havnevej, Hellerup, Denmark
Floor area: 26.850 m2 (building: 25.000 m2, roof terrace: 1.850 m2)
Construction period: 2014-2017
Photo credit: Adam Mørk
English text: CEBRA
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