LJUBLJANA SCIENCE CENTER addresses the issue of building in cities in the 21st century by making as its subject the reassessment of the notions of the natural landscape, topography, infrastructure, and building in the city. Furthermore, our design takes the subject of the experience of nature, landscape, and our surroundings as an issue of knowledge by making interaction with the Science Center a scientific encounter with the built and natural environment.
The building as landscape topography addressed in the architecture of the Science Center is not only one of scenic value but also proactively creates an experience similar to that found in nature. Walking paths on the upper surfaces comprised of hardscape are designed to encourage exploration of the natural properties of the site. The turns for the path lead to unexpected locations and intriguing views of the surrounding area and beyond. On the uppermost peak of this surface, there are views towards the hills around Ljubljana and at night this promontory position guides visitors to the stars in the night sky. The existing trees are retained in gaps in the surface with new plantings arranged to generate a forest canopy that will change and mutate over time.