Phaeno Science Centre, Zaha Hadid German Building, Architect, Autostadt Design Info
Phaeno Centre, Wolfsburg Architecture
Wolfsburg Building for Neuland Wohnbaugesellschaft, Germany design by Zaha Hadid Architects
29 Sep 2017
Phaeno Science Centre pop-up structures in Wolfsburg
Noa Haim pop-up structures at Phæno Science Center
Phaeno Science Center invited www.collectivepaperaesthetics.com to co-create participatory pop-up structures with visitors at Tag der Niedersachsen 2017.
Tag der Niedersachsen is a three-day cultural festival in the German state of Lower Saxony. The aim of the festival is to reinforce awareness of the state achievements and bringing together state citizens from different ages and background.
Phæno is an interactive science center in Wolfsburg, Germany designed by Dame Zaha Hadid. The wonderful concrete building and landscape are linking the city’s train station, commercial center and residential district with Volkswagen’s Wolfsburg automotive plant and its visitors centre. The unique context where building and landscape are merging into one fluid space was a perfect setup for audience participatory explorations in objects and spaces made from the same modular unit.
3000 heart- shaped red and white cardboard triangles made for the event. The colours chosen to reflect Phæno’s visual identity in the audience self-designed structures. In a region whose economy dominates by advanced industrial production, Phaeno is not merely a radical experiment in construction and materials on itself but providing a curved platform for citizen’s investigation in typology and topology.
About the studio
http://www.collectivepaperaesthetics.com is a Rotterdam-based studio, founded following a successful presentation of Noa Haim’s graduation work from the Berlage Institute as participatory activity in London Festival of Architecture. In 2010 the studio was awarded by www.dezeen.com and tdwa.com to participate in the Environmental container exhibition in Tokyo.
In collaboration with museums, science centres and brands, the studio design and develop educational tools, hands-on furnishing and participatory pop-up spaces. Among the studio patrons are MUDAM LUXEMBOURG, Tate Modern, Polytechnic Museum Moscow, Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA), Holon Design Museum, The Walker Art Center, National Gallery Singapore and more.
Client: Phaeno Science Center
Curator: Davy Champion
Manufacture and Engineering: Labro Verpakkingen www.labro.nl
Right hand: Luis Diaz Rivera
Photographer: Tim Dalhoff www.timdalhoff.de
Noa Haim/ Collective Paper Aesthetics
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updated 3 Apr 2016
Phaeno – Science Centre Wolfsburg
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Date built: 2005
The Phæno Science Center is an interactive science center in Wolfsburg, Germany.
Phæno arose from urban planning by the City of Wolfsburg. In 1998 City officials were developing a plot of vacant, public land immediately adjacent to Wolfsburg’s railway station and just south of VW’s huge, then-unfinished attraction Autostadt.
An art museum was planned for the site, but Dr. Wolfgang Guthardt, then the City’s Director for Culture, Sports and Education, knew that such an institution would compete with Wolfsburg’s successful Kunst Museum (Art Museum) and needed other options. Guthardt visited Technorama, a science center in Switzerland and became convinced that a science center in Wolfsburg would complement both Autostadt and the Kunst Museum.
An architectural design competition was held in January 2000 and the UK-based architect Zaha Hadid won, in conjunction with structural engineers, Adams Kara Taylor.
phæno opened to the public on November 24, 2005 with over 250 interactive exhibits from Ansel Associates, Inc. all enclosed in an astounding concrete structure designed by Zaha Hadid, her German associate, Mayer Bährle architects and Adams Kara Taylor. The architectural design has been described as a “hypnotic work of architecture – the kind of building that utterly transforms our vision of the future.”
The building effectively stands on concrete stilts allowing visitors to the Autostadt to pass through without having to interfere with the workings of the building. Phæno is connected to the Autostadt via a metal bridge accessed by escalators and stairs either side. Both the underside of Phæno and the “stilts” are illuminated.
Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg Building
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Phaeno Science Centre, Wolfsburg, Germany
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects and Mayer Baehrle Freie Architekten BDA, Germany
Date completed: 2006
Client: Phaeno Science Centre
The Phaeno Science Centre is located to the east of Hanover
Phaeno Science Center, Wolfsburg : Building Details
CLIENT: Neuland Wohnbaugesellschaft mbH
Project Architect [Zaha Hadid] Christos Passas
Asst. Project Architect [Zaha Hadid] Sara Klomps
2006 RIBA European Award
2006 Institution of Structural Engineers Award for Arts, Leisure and Entertainment Structures
German Buildings by Zaha Hadid Architects
LFone Landesgartenschau, Weil am Rhein
Vitra Fire Station, Weil am Rhein
BMW Central Building, Leipzig
IBA-Block 2 – Housing project, Berlin
38440 Wolfsburg, Germany
Contact Phaeno: 0180 106-0600
Location: Willy-Brandt-Platz 1, 38440 Wolfsburg, Germany, western Europe
Hamburg Architecture – Selection
Design: Herzog and de Meuron
image © Herzog & de Meuron
Hamburg Science Centre
image from architect
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Website: Phaeno Science Centre Wolfsburg