Location: Berlin, Moabit [DE]
Program: Art, Science & Technology Museum
Gross floor area: 25000m2
Type: Academic project
Subject: Complex Projects Studio
Bodies, Buildings, Berlin; Master Thesis
Jingjing Liu /
Kees Kaan /
Hrvoje Šmidihen /
Henri van Bennekom /
Freek Speksnijder /
Germany is known for many things. It has a strong economy, is the birthplace of classical music and philosophy and is known for its engineering and automotive industry. However, not many of us will know Germany from floods, wildfires and droughts.
At least, not yet…
As the world has been struggling with rising sea levels, extreme heat, dead crops, droughts and floods, 194 countries from all over the world signed the Paris Climate Agreement aiming to keep the impact of human-induced climate change to a minimum. But to let this become the success story of the Twenty-First Century, governments also have to get aboard their citizens.
Currently, research shows that authorities are struggling to reach out to younger generations.
The estrangement between traditional, slow, ways of communication (education and traditional media) and the fast paced world of youngsters makes it hard to get the important message of climate change across, resulting in a lack of commitment amongst a considerable part of society.
This is where Klimaforum Berlin comes in.
Commissioned by The German Ministry of Culture & Media, The City of Berlin and Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Klimaforum is a new interactive art, science and technology forum which will be located on a vacant coal-plant-site along the Spree river in Berlin’s Westhafens. Thereby the project conforms to the ambition of the City of Berlin to convert industrial Spree embankments into new sustainable, public destinations. Consequently, circularity and sustainability play a very important role within the design process. Klimaforum is circular, because it reuses materials which have been found on site as much as possible (including steel and concrete), whereby detailing is done in such a way that when demands change, the building can be easily down- or upgraded, disassembled or reused.
Besides, Klimaforum is sustainable because it is not only using merely inexhaustible, green ways of energy (PVT and Heat-cold storage), it also reuses the existing coal-storage within the landscape design, paying homage to the industrial heritage of the Westhafens.
The new museum gives visitors a chance to experience climate in a multi-sensory manner; not merely ‘showing’ the art, relying on sight as the only form of communication, but by ‘becoming’ the art, enriching the traditional museum experience by sound, smell, taste and touch. This unique Immersive Experience will be a radical new way of using interactive art as a medium of communication with the ability to reignite a much needed debate about climate change amongst the younger generation. Besides the Immersive Experiences, Klimaforum will house a variety of program including a restaurant, café, auditorium, community spaces, offices, laboratories and exhibition spaces with a total surface of 25.000m2 (GFA). All in all, Klimaforum Berlin will be at the forefront of the radical shift towards a climate neutral society by shortening the road to a much needed debate about climate change.