Culture meets science at Warsaw’s new centre

Permanent exhibitions, laboratories, workshops and a multi functional planetarium will all form part of the Kopernik Science Centre, giving tourists and residents alike a unique cultural and scientific experience.

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The project anticipates 357 762 visitors will visit the centre and its surrounding ‘Discoverer’s Park’ in 2012, with a special role being played by school children and their teachers. It will also create 70 new jobs.

Something for everyone

The new centre will be in a two storey building containing exhibitions, a conference centre, coffee shops and restaurants. A Discoverer’s Park surrounds the centre, offering visitors the chance to try some outdoor experiments, see the external art gallery and attend events in the amphitheatre.

The Park will contain about 20 modern experimentation stations dealing with questions related to water, music, and movement, as well as artistic projects and an open-air gallery presenting the works of young artists. A concert stage on the water will also available to visitors. The whole site will be equipped to welcome disabled visitors.

Warsaw enjoys many active cultural institutions, all of which are popular. Even so, there is a visible absence of institutions carrying out, in a professional manner, activities aimed at popularising and promoting science and art, simultaneously.

Three sections make up the Centre

The centre is 17 660 m² large and for the purposes of the project development, the overall concept is divided into three modules. The first is the underground and main entrance which houses the exhibition areas, three ‘school’ laboratories or workshops and an agora-type area dedicated to temporary exhibitions or receptions. This communicates with all the different levels including the vehicle entrance with offloading ramps, technical rooms and a fire protection system. The top level will contain a viewing platform.

The second module contains one large conference room which can seat up to 250 people and is equipped with multimedia technology as well as six smaller rooms which can be used independently or combined to a single area. Offices, coffee shops and workshops will also form part of the module while the underground section will contain more workshops and social rooms for the employees.

The third module mainly consists of the planetarium which can seat 142 and has a dome with a diameter of 16 metres. There will also be a foyer, technical rooms, a projection room, a laser and computer room, a control room, a server room, and an archive.

All this will be serviced by two car parks, above ground parking for 83 cars and six busses and subterranean car park for 101 cars.

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