Natural Science Center in Denmark nominated for Mies van der Rohe Award
The Natural Science Center - completed last winter by the Copenhagen-based practice Nord Architects - has been nominated for the Mies van der Rohe Award. Every two years, the prize is granted by the European Union and the Fundació Mies van der Rohe, Barcelona to recognise quality architecture in Europe and stimulate the progression of the architectural profession.
Commenting on the nomination, partner at Nord Architects, Morten Rask Gregersen's pleasure was clearly apparent: "We are very happy to be nominated. It means a lot to us." Designed specifically to inspire young minds and foster scientific interest, the Natural Science Center is very much a practical complex. Whilst from the exterior the building may appear sleek and clinically preserved, Nord Architects insist that ‘if a future scientists needs to make a hole in the concrete floor to carry out his experiment, it is quite all right'.
Internally, all spaces within the Center are very much open plan, with views spanning several floors at any one point, however the cylindrical shape is dotted with terraces, openings and cut-outs designed to encourage inquisitive minds. Johannes Pedersen, partner at Nord Architects Copenhagen explains: "The idea behind the Natural Science Center is to make young people interested in natural science and pursue a career within that field. Natural Science is about exploring and asking questions, so we wanted to design a building that made them do just that."