The Science Center idea was born over 40 years ago. The Exploratorium in San Francisco developed the first hands-on exhibits offering visitors an interesting, playful approach to the natural sciences and thus to material often perceived to be dry-as-dust. Since then, this mode of imparting knowledge is being utilized worldwide in museums and specially designed science centers. The mission: -Getting across that the natural sciences can be lots of fun, -Staging an educational experience involving all the senses, -Taking a learning-by-doing approach, and -Dispensing with all the moralizing and pressure to perform
A shimmering white metallic cube arises on the edge of downtown Wels. This architectural sculpture is transected by lines of light that function as a high-profile allusion to the focus of the content at Austria’s first science center: renewable energy and energy efficiency.
Set amidst Wels’ Volksgarten park, this brand new structure interlinks two highly contrasting areas of downtown Wels: the historic old city and the grounds of the expo center. This piece of modern architecture built with energy conservation as its highest priority is a new urban highlight emblematic of the viability and sustainability of this city. The facility’s architects, Linz-based archinauten / dworschak + mühlbachler architekten, call it a bundle of energy. The façade’s deep cleft delivers a clear—indeed, programmatically expressive—view into the inner workings of the Welios®.