Barcode Architects
Bureau for Architecture
and Contemporary Design

WORLD SUSTAINABILITY CENTER

Barcode Architects_CONFERENCE AND SUSTAINABILITY CENTER (1)

WORLD SUSTAINABILITY CENTER

Our design for the WSC aimed to be a front runner of sustainable development, research and education. By making a unique combination of different programmatic aspects, we designed a building that could stimulate existing museums and science centers in the country, as well as creating a new landmark for the northern regions of the Netherlands. Furthermore the WSC, with its specific program and its location directly confronted with the consequences of sea-water rise itself, has the potential to become the new national symbol and information center for future developments in Dutch watermanagement.

Location

Afsluitdijk, The Netherlands

Client

Stichting Duurzaamheidscentrum

Year

2009 - 2010

Status

Competition

Size

7.500m²

Category

Public

Collaborators

ARUP (structure, MEP/services, sustainability)

Team
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Dirk Peters, Marc Dahmen, Christiaan Zöllner

The program is based on extensive analyses of different museums, science and sustainability centers around the world. Workshops and research labs will be mixed in a balance with exhibition and conference spaces, in order to create an active museum with an intense fusion between data exchange and debate. Instead of using a conventional stacked building type with single floors and functions, programs are mixed, floors shifted and intersected; exhibition galleries, workshops, conference centers, research labs, and restaurant are all visually related to each other and create a place where people are challenged to think, seduced to act, and are confronted with the subject of sustainability in an innovative way.