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  7. Dinosaur Theme Park Entrance Building / rimpf ARCHITEKTUR

Dinosaur Theme Park Entrance Building / rimpf ARCHITEKTUR

  • 02:00 - 18 May, 2017
Dinosaur Theme Park Entrance Building / rimpf ARCHITEKTUR
Dinosaur Theme Park Entrance Building / rimpf ARCHITEKTUR, © Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

© Michael Moser © Michael Moser © Michael Moser © Michael Moser + 30

  • Architects

  • Location

    Kleinwelka, 02625 Bautzen, Germany
  • Lead Architects

    Stefan Rimpf, Manuela Rademacher, Kirsten Diedrichsen
  • Area

    4700.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2017
  • Photographs

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Text description provided by the architects. The primordial cell and its division as the origin of life constitute the allegorized architect’s plan for the entrance building of the theme park. Borrowed from the nature, the process of the mitosis is both, project idea and role model for the filigree construction and shaping, which is in a dialogue with the nature. In this context, bionic borrowings visualize the evolution of life.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Through cell division, the primordial cell has been transformed into the constructed, widely remarkable and significant MITOSEUM. As a result, primarily curious expectations are generated for the approaching visitor. The six phases of the mitosis, starting with the interphase, followed by the prophase, the prometaphase, the metaphase, the anaphase, and finally the telophase, were role models for the development of the design idea and can be retrieved within it. Due to its heights and volumes, the “cells” are visible from even a long distance.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

The structure and color of the translucent shell, made of ETFE-foil, symbolize nature and life. The exceptional significance and the identity-establishing shape contribute to the character of this entrance building as an unique location.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser
Construction Isometric
Construction Isometric
© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Construction Site and Development

The existing topography including the declining terrain is integrated into the staging of the visitor’s approaching. The narrowing access route and the flanking lava rocks create an entrancing path. On this way, the elements of water and earth come alive until it finally leads through the building structure into the dividing cell. Here, the beginning of the theme park with the “Fire Gate” and the “Primordial Soup” is visible through the translucent membrane of the shell.

Floor plan
Floor plan

At the peak of the suspense, the visitor leaves the ”real world“ while approaching the MITOSEUM and steps into the evolution history of earth and life.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Organisation and Function

Smooth and organic shapes inside the entrance building support the route guidance and make it intuitive. Therefore, the central foyer including the connected functions ticket office, shop, bistro, and the ancillary rooms is designed as intervening space between the cells. As connector of the different functions, it is derived from the ideal design and effective capability of the nature.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Construction

The entrance level including bistro, shop, and presentation room is covered with three dome constructions. These domes are light structures and symbolize the “cells“ of the mitosis. The nature creates genius, viable, and aesthetic shapes, which constitute role models for the realized dome membranes. Here, the borrowing of shapes and constructions from the nature are not plagiarisms, but necessary references to enable an intelligent, aesthetically ambitious and economical construction. The interior of the building is flooded with light through the transparent shell. While twilight and the after the connected inversion of light conditions, the cell membranes become luminous landmarks.

© Michael Moser
© Michael Moser

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Dinosaur Theme Park Entrance Building / rimpf ARCHITEKTUR" 18 May 2017. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/871475/dinosaur-theme-park-entrance-building-rimpf-architektur/> ISSN 0719-8884