Phaeno Science Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects in *Wolfsberg, Germany*

Phaeno, Wolfsberg Science Centre in Germany by Zaha Hadid Architects.

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The PHAENO Science Centre the first of its kind in Germany, appears as a mysterious and strange object geving rise to curiosity.  The visitor is faced with a degree of complexity and strangeness, which is ruled however by a very specific system of structural organization. Phaeno provides hands on entertaining access to the phenomena of natural science and technology. It includes exhibition rooms, laboratoria and a science theatre.

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Located at a very special site in the town – both endpoint of the chain of cultural important buildings from Aalto, Scharoun and Schweger as well as being a connecting link to the new “Volkswagen-Town” the project closes as an effective urban mass the northern edge of the inner city along the Bahnhofsstrasse.

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Several concrete cone feet are carrying the impressing mass of the building,  inside a seven meters height structural adventure unfolds. Phaeno is the far largest construction in “self-compacting concrete” (SCC), that has built in europe and will therefore be an important reference object. Functional space like the museum entrance, the bookstore and a theater, are located in these concrete cones.

The Phaeno building is a winning design that came out of an international competition organized in 2000. After a construction period, of more than four years the Phaeno building is breaking with many conventions in architecture.

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Video by Arno Dietsche for Mayer Bährle architects: (link youtube)

Pictures from DANDA.BE (c) Klemens Ortmeyer copyright
More pictures on Thomasmayerarchive. 

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