In early 2017, Denmark’s first science centre finally re-opened its doors to the public after a period of major refurbishment. The new building is double the size of the old with a striking copper-clad helical staircase at its centre. Sixteen major new exhibitions fill the gallery floors with a vast range of exhibits, and not forgetting the ‘World’s first interactive Cinema’. Experimentarium’s history goes back to 1991, when ‘science centres’ in Europe were in their infancy. It proved to be a hit, and the centre shared the international stage by hosted one of the earliest ECSITE conferences back in 1993 (when it was a rather smaller affair).
Our contribution to the new Experimentarium is The Beach, the centre’s water exhibition. We worked closely with the client with the overall design and layout planning through to the detailing of the individual exhibits. The outcome is a number of large water tanks with inter-related activities, a giant submarine, a ship emerging from the wall, and beach huts, all packed with exhibits inside.