Slated to arrive in 2022, this new interactive science museum and education center in Differdange, Luxembourg will be constructed at the site of an historic steel mill owned by ArcelorMittal, the world’s largest steel producer.
Project Name: Luxembourg Science Center
Architect Name: SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership
The mission of the new Science Center is to provide all visitors, especially youth, with hands-on opportunities to discover science and technology, explore various careers and professions, and imagine the future.
Spread across 300,000 square feet, the design will embody an undulating, diagrid structure covered in greenery in select areas and glass in others. The new museum venue will comprise two historic buildings—the Gas Machine Building from 1905 and the 1950s Power Plant—preserved and renovated to host an exhibit hall, a planetarium, and a series of vocational workshops and presentation spaces. Smaller structures on the campus will be replaced with new buildings to accommodate expanded programming. Glass bridges and elevators will link each volume and provide access to the outdoor Science Park, which will feature large-scale installations. Additional amenities will include a new entrance, theater, restaurant, administrative offices, and orientation and reception spaces.
SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership:
Based in New York City, SKOLNICK Architecture + Design Partnership is an award-winning, multidisciplinary design studio specializing in architecture, exhibit design, interpretation, master planning, and communication design. The firm’s mission is to unearth the compelling story behind every project in order to enrich the lives of their clients and communities. SKOLNICK believes that the ideal architectural experience tells a story, taking a person on a journey, expressing ideas, eliciting emotions and revealing knowledge. Founded in 1980, SKOLNICK Architecture and + Design Partnership has been at the nexus of contemporary thinking about how we live, where we live, and ways to create play, home, and work environments that speak to the creative, functional, and aspirational needs of their clients. Their broad and very diverse portfolio includes projects ranging from intimate spaces to international destinations.