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Contrasts of light and dark bring science to life at Denmark’s premier science attraction

Contained in an old bottling plant, Experimentarium had to expand inwards and upwards when renovating the centre and making room for 16 new, interactive exhibitions.

The renovation added two large atriums to the building and created a strong contrast between the daylight-flooded common areas and staircases and the dark, intimate exhibition areas.

The atriums are covered with VELUX modular skylights to let in daylight and fresh air and to keep temperatures pleasant for visitors.

  • 12 Longlights 5-30° with 159 modules cover the two atriums at the newly refurbished Experimentarium.
  • 24 modules are venting modules and serve as an integral part of the building’s ventilation system.
  • The skylights meet smoke ventilation requirements, opening fast in case of fire to let smoke out through the roof.

When sunlight through the skylights lights up the copper-clad spiral staircase, it creates a spectacular installation in the middle of the atrium.

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Products used in project

2 x Atrium Longlight

Atrium Longlight

Multiple rows of skylight modules that can be combined to create a large glass roof.

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Quantity of modules: 159

Atrium Longlight

Multiple rows of skylight modules that can be combined to create a large glass roof.

Illustration of Atrium/Longlight solution Read more

Kim Gladstone Herlev

CEO Experimentarium

The quality of daylight in the atrium spaces is excellent. It’s great for our visitors and for our staff; even inward-facing offices have plenty of bright, natural daylight.

Lars Gemynthe Gylling

CEBRA Architects

Daylight is used as a feature to enhance storytelling and to create quality workspaces for employees.

Installation

During construction, the architects realised that more ventilation modules were needed.

The fixed modules already installed were easily replaced by venting modules. The spectacular spiral staircase made of copper and weighing 160 tons was lowered through the atrium roof as one of the last building features. When the staircase was in place, the roof was quickly closed with the modular skylights.

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