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Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects

  • 01:00 - 20 May, 2013
Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects
Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects, © Arne Maasik
© Arne Maasik

© Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik © Arne Maasik + 19

© Arne Maasik
© Arne Maasik

Text description provided by the architects. The Science Centre forms a joint whole with the earlier Tigutorn (Snail Tower). The idea of Tigutorn’s design was a cosmic spiral, whereas the Science Centre rests on the shape of Vesica Piscis, known in sacred geometry, which has been hidden in the design’s main image.

© Arne Maasik
© Arne Maasik

The Centre constitutes the roots of the spiral tower. The cupola, half-cupola, globe and box together produce a constructivist composition, where the connecting elements are vertical communication shafts and horizontal spans, which can be observed both inside and outside.

© Arne Maasik
© Arne Maasik

The building contains universal rooms with exhibition halls. There are two auditoriums, offices, a shop, restaurant and cafe. Inside the globe is the planetarium. The materials are metal, concrete and glass. The cupolas are covered with anodised aluminium and the globe with titanium zinc tin. The cupola ribs are glue-laminated wooden arches, the globe’s ribs are a metal lattice girder.

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Cite: "Science Centre AHHAA / Künnapu & Padrik Architects" 20 May 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/373761/science-centre-ahhaa-kunnapu-and-padrik-architects/> ISSN 0719-8884