Since 1991, Experimentarium has stimulated the minds of school children and adult visitors alike through play and experimentation with science, in the historic setting of a former bottling plant for the Tuborg brewery. Originally dating from the 1880s, the building has now undergone an extensive renovation and upgrade to ensure it can continue to offer a world-class visitor experience for many years to come.
The existing 15,610m2 building has been sensitively updated and modernized, and two more floors have been added, increasing the space by 9,690m2. As a result, Experimentarium can welcome many more visitors, with new facilities including a rooftop exhibition space, cafe and terrace. WSP provided a range of engineering services throughout the project, from mapping potentially hazardous substances and structural remediation, to advising on energy optimization and adaptation to climate change.
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The client wanted to create a landmark building, and the stand-out feature is a huge, floating staircase in the shape of a double-helix, echoing the structure of a molecule of DNA. Weighing 160 tonnes and clad in shimmering copper, it encourages people to wander, creating a connection and a space for reflection between the different floors.
The new levels are clad in a perforated aluminium facade, containing 50% recycled content. The pattern is inspired by the physics of how fluids move as they encounter resistance, and was developed through a close collaboration between the Experimentarium and the advisory team. The original brickwork has been retained and repaired, with the temporary removal and reinstatement of around one third, with the consent of the municipality, to allow the foundations to be strengthened.