|Function / usage:||
Steel-reinforced concrete composite structure
|number of floors (above ground)||5|
|number of floors (below ground)||1|
|gross floor area||ca. 18 000 m²|
|useable space||ca. 13 500 m²|
|floor slabs||span||3 m|
The extension building for the Experimenta Science Centre is meant to be an architectonical beacon. The result is a striking solitary building composed of loosely stacked, pentagonal floors. Exhibition areas of the themed worlds and a helical sequence of spaces wind around the atrium. The basement level features a "Science Dome" that is covered with a cupola. Truss girders along the atrium and composite steel girders create trussed tubes that connect to a reinforced concrete core on every floor. Thus forming a solid construction, the interiors can be designed without any supports. The suspended spiral construction and large glass panes provide a maximum of transparency. Triangular-shaped facade elements form the external skin of the themed worlds.
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