Science centre and aquarium
Client: Västsvenska Handelskammaren
1st prize, Best Contemporary Building 2001, The Swedish Wooden Award 2004.
Universeum turns towards the light as a tree turns to the sun.
The natural surroundings of the science centre climb down the mountainside, while the technology displays are accommodated in the wooden box which is the face of the complex towards the city. The structure is the simplest conceivable, with nothing to obstruct the screws and drills when the exhibitions come to be changed. The ecological message is in-built. The building can be renewed on a shoe string, it is naturally ventilated, its energy requirement is minimal, the water is recycled within the building, and the roof can be equipped with solar collectors when this is financially feasible. A composite building, with each part a viable structure in its own right. Like nature itself.