The museum is uniquely situated in the middle of the new urban district Science Village Scandinavia between the high-tech institutions MAX IV and ESS, which are currently under construction and will be the world’s most powerful and advanced research facilities within neutron and X-ray research.
All science is rooted in understanding nature. At the Science Center, nature has a central place in the middle of the building in form of a public science park where natural science can be experienced and showcased in a scale of 1:1. Placing the planned green connection at the center of the museum invites the public inside the building and helps dissolve the boundary between inside and outside.
The well-defined circular atrium is an attraction in its own right. The green urban space acts as a corridor for flora and fauna, boosting biodiversity, and the gently sloping terrain further acts as a water reservoir and an overflow canal in case of extreme rainfall.
The curved roof is covered by a 1,600-m2 energy park producing up to 1.6 million kWh a year: enough to cover the building’s energy use and keep it CO2-neutral. The roof also serves as a rooftop patio and viewing platform.
The ground floor is organized around a central public science park. All public and outward-facing functions such as the entrance, café, workshops, auditorium and so forth are located on the ground floor.
Timber not only absorbs and stores CO2 when produced, making it one of the only building materials with a negative carbon footprint, it also has a proven list of other positive performative abilities when measured on its impact on construction time, reuse, indoor climate and many other aspects.
The Science Center is constructed entirely of cross-laminated timber (CLT) walls, decks, beams and columns. Using wood for the loadbearing structures, interior and facades reduces the building’s carbon footprint by 80% compared to a building in concrete and steel.
The wooden structure will be visible throughout the building, creating a warm atmosphere and tactile quality.
The facades will primarily be made of heat-treated wooden panels. The wooden facade slats give the building a translucent character, conveying the indoor activities to the surrounding urban spaces with a warm glow.
With its unique location, the Science Center has the potential to become a meeting place for visitors to the exhibitions and for those who work and spend time in the area.
The central courtyard is designed as an open, inviting and flexible urban space where a vast variety of different activities and functions can take place. In this way, the exhibitions will become visible and accessible also to those who do not buy a ticket to the museum.
Lowering the middle part of the building brings more light into the building’s central public space, as the height of the exhibition space is preserved while the building’s circulation space is lowered.
The Science Center's ground floor is designed to be as transparent as possible, while the facade of the first floor is made from pieces of upcycled wood in a system that creates a gradient towards the middle of the building, allowing for more natural light and views in the circulation spaces and less in the exhibition spaces.