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Science Center: The Latest Architecture and News

Foster + Partners Completes Safra Center for Brain Sciences in Jerusalem

Foster + Partners has recently completed the Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences, a new research facility within the Hebrew University of Jerusalem campus. The design features an array of flexible laboratories arranged in two parallel wings around an open central courtyard, which recreates the surrounding landscape through its citrus trees and water stream. The distinctive facade screen represents the neurological brain structure, as drawn by Spanish neuroscientist Santiago Ramon y Cajal at the beginning of the 20th century.

Exterior view of The Edmond and Lily Safra Center for Brain Sciences. The building has been carefully sited amid its natural rugged setting.. Image © Studio Harel GilboaMusicians performing at the 200-seater auditorium.. Image © Studio Harel GilboaView of the courtyard at ground level. Planted with citrus trees and a man-made stream along its length, the courtyard forms a quiet, reflective space and a cool microclimate, which can be further mediView of the courtyard at ground level. Planted with citrus trees and a man-made stream along its length, the courtyard forms a quiet, reflective space and a cool microclimate, which can be further mediated by a retractable ETFE roof.ated by a retractable ETFE roof.. Image © Studio Harel GilboaView of interior courtyard with the indoor trees. The building is arranged as two parallel wings around this central courtyard.. Image © Studio Harel Gilboa+ 22

Dorte Mandrup Reveals Design for the Wadden Sea World Heritage Center, in Lauwersoog, Netherlands

After the Wadden Sea Center in Denmark and the Trilateral Wadden Sea World Heritage Partnership Center in Germany, the Wadden Sea World Heritage Center marks Dorte Mandrup’s third project in this unique environment. Created as a spiraling movement upwards and around, rising from the harbor, the Wadden Sea World Heritage Center is a “working field station that wants to engage visitors and aims at making them active participants”.

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CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati Wins International Competition to Design the University of Milan’s New Science Campus

CRA-Carlo Ratti Associati and a team led by Australian real estate group Lendlease have imagined the new science campus of the University of Milan. The proposed project, a winning entry from the international competition will extend over 190,000 square meters and is due to open in 2025.

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Sustainable Proposal Envisions Krakow's New Science Center as a Tiered Garden

OVO Grąbczewscy Architekci's stacked garden-like proposal has been awarded third place in a competition for the new Małopolska Science Center in Krakow, Poland. The competition brief asked for the design of an innovative cultural institution with an iconic architectural form that would represent creativity, openness and independent thinking. As a reflection of both the city and the region, the center is also intended to provide a model for sustainable construction, energy efficiency, and education that inspires immersive visitor engagement.

See the complete design below.