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.

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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.

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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.

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Exhibition Hall – Within the renovated expanse of the Gas Machine Building, student groups and visitors will engage and explore an interactive landscape of exhibits demonstrating important historic, modern, and timeless innovations.
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Crossroads – Visitors will arrive at the center of the complex where new entry thresholds enable passage into the Gas Machine Building and the exhibits on the east or to the Power Plant Building, Tesla Exhibit, and link to the outdoor Science Sculpture Park on the west, with views up through the glazed roof toward the historic stacks above.
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Orientation – Inside the Main Entry Lobby, visitors can meet with LSC staff, plan their visit, access the theater lobby, restaurant, and outdoor café, and interact with a series of exhibits
orienting visitors to the complex.
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Outdoor Discovery – Visitors exploring the west side of the complex will discover the interactive exhibits at the Science Park, participate in demonstrations at the Drone Theater, and view the student work in the vocational greenhouse and test kitchen.
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Arrival – Visitors and student groups arrive at the Main Entry Plaza with an iconic framed view of the historic Gas Machine Building, Power Plant, and stacks toward the skyline and are welcomed into the facility through a modern glass connector.
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A New Landscape, a New Luxembourg Science Center – A planted roofscape emerges from the re-built site, bridging the space between the historic structures, and providing a gateway for visitors under its lifted edges.

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.

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