Chinese garden in three dimensions
Coop Himmelb(l)au is once again setting new standards in architecture, technology and urban planning, which thus fit in well with the installation of a Science & Technology Museum. In the highly air-polluted city, particularly bad air will be detected with the help of satellite technology, sucked in and subsequently converted into energy and fresh air. As a result, the green open spaces and the interiors will be filled with healthy clean air.
In addition to the museum, the building also houses studios and laboratories for art, research and collaboration. There is also room for cinemas, stages, presentation and learning venues, as well as shops and restaurants. The building was organised in such a way that internal and external, real and virtual spaces complement and define each other. The predominantly public spaces have been arranged in such a way that they function as interactive learning zones and create new perspectives on both the city and society. The interior of the 55,000 m2 building is modelled on a three-dimensional Chinese garden, the paths of which lead through different zones. Visitors can learn here, discover new scientific findings and interact with models.
The three most important architectural interventions are: the public space under the roof with green fresh air. The roof is an experiment in terms of construction and as third intervention there are two towers located near the building in the park. This is where the smog air is cleaned and the fresh air rises through the landscape creating a very comfortable and healthy zone. The building itself has a very complex but floating structure that captures and embodies the dynamics of scientific development in China.