Phaeno Science Center (01:10)
Zaha Hadid designed the museum in Wolfsburg, Germany from 2000 to 2005. (Credits)
Wolfsburg Autostadt (01:04)
Volkswagen built the city in 1938. In 2005, the science center was completed as an identity statement; learn about the company's family marketing concept.
Phaeno Location (00:38)
A canal and railroad separate the VW factory from Wolfsburg. The city located the science center strategically to attract Autostadt visitors.
Phaeno Concept (00:47)
Wolfsburg's Cultural Councilor proposed the science center for children and adults. The city held an international architectural competition.
Phaeno Architect (01:20)
Prior to the Wolfsburg project, Hadid had only completed a tram station and a ski jump. She studied math and became interested in architecture when returning to the Middle East.
Mysterious Structure (00:52)
One of Hadid's first major projects, the Phaeno building provides a new image for Wolfsburg. Without a facade, its concrete windows draw the eye.
Phaeno Design (01:57)
Hadid uses ten concrete "cones" to hold up the structure, emphasizing geometry. Diamond shapes provide lighting. She was inspired by a large scale bridge in Abu Dhabi.
Unifying Form, Function, and Shape (01:12)
Functional museum areas inhabit the cones supporting the building and facilitate vertical circulation—illustrating Hadid's achievement of modern architectural goals.
Main Exhibition Hall (02:10)
Scientific experiments include vision, energy, matter, movement, and information areas. An open area invites visitors to create a journey of discovery.
Phaeno Structural Support (01:50)
Cones provide points of reference in the main hall and carry the metallic roof. View Hadid's concentric cone design.
Phaeno Architectural Concept (01:23)
Rather than building from the ground up, Hadid's 3-D model visualized the concept from the roof to the ground. Hear her reflections on creating a landscape spatial experience.
Architectural Landscape (02:40)
Hadid uses triangular cones to create a complex space in the Phaeno exhibition hall, including a split level area.
Experimental Landscape (00:45)
Hadid's abstract yet functional design encourages Phaeno visitors to learn from science stations.
Phaeno Ceiling (00:41)
A metallic grid stabilizes the building and mirrors the landscape floor.
Phaeno Facades (00:58)
Hadid uses geometric cut outs to protect experiments from sunlight on the south side, and large windows on the north side.
Urban Situation (01:01)
Located between industrial and downtown areas, Hadid's design provides a crossroads, rather than a barrier.
Phaeno Public Space (01:29)
Organic architecture best describes the cones' effect. Wolfsburg allows sports viewings under the science center.
Wolfsburg Rivalry (01:15)
Phaeno and the VW Autostadt face one another over a footbridge comprised of two different materials.
Gender Stereotypes (00:41)
Hadid reflects on her experience as a female Iraqi architect working in Europe.
Grand Architecture (01:29)
The only woman to have won the Pritzker Prize, Hadid's Phaeno design reconciles sculptural desire with the needs of a public area—solving several design problems at once.
Credits: Phaeno, Building As Landscape: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture (00:26)
Credits: Phaeno, Building As Landscape: Architectures—Achievements in Modern Architecture
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