Exploraty Science Museum | 2009.05
Site Location: Campinas, Brasil Building Use: Museum Floor Area: 5,350m2
The area, at the boundaries of Unicamp, is a location characterized by nice peculiarities. Its special high position, which dominates not only on the Campus but also on the entire Campinas, and the natural surroundings make this place singular for its beauty. Because of these peculiar characteristics, together with the absence of a built contest, it was decided to express the project with simple and easy shapes. The typical house volume is at the same time an archetype and an icon easily understandable by everybody. As a contrast with this strict and regular shape, the exhibition space is like a big dome, with its dominant circular form. The decision of developing the project with common shapes depends also on the desire of controlling costs and characterizing the museum with an evident eco-sustainable mark. Good comfort performances are reached through a simple ecostyle design, without using sophisticated and expensive technologies. The buildings for public and administrative services look like greenhouses, with its typical shape coming from agricultural architecture. Inside floating boxes, visible also from outside, host the activities and services of the museum. The exhibition dome is covered by membrane materials. Paths and functions are located to let experience visitors a sequence of architectural episodes. From each site of the museum people can enjoy the view and the landscape constituted by the museum itself. A gentle artificial slope, hiding from outside the semi-basement floor, permits visitors to enter naturally in the buildings.