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Cumulus
J. Mayer H. architects

February 11, 2008 /

Nordborg, Denmark

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Danfoss Universe is a 5.5 hectar science museum park embedded in the agricultural landscape of Nordborg, next to the founder's home and the Danfoss HQ.

Here, children and adults gain knowledge through games and learn about the forces of nature, the world of science, and new technologies.

The two new additions to the park, the Cumulus exhibition building (curiosity center) and a cafeteria (food factory), extends the park into the winter months by enclosing spaces for exhibitions and scientific experiments.
The Cumulus exhibition building's cloud-like roofscape, thus the name, is repeated in the cafeteria building.

Communicating between ground and sky, the Danfoss Project can be seen as landscape formations.
/Juergen Mayer H.

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The new buildings, with their metallic facades and tar roofs, rise up from the ground and provide spaces which articulate the fusion of outdoor landscape and indoor exhibition. This active ground modulates according to program and location in the park.

The endpoints of the buildings blur the line between building and park by offering inside-out spaces as display areas and projection surfaces related to the temporary exhibitions inside.
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The interior of the Cumulus building is kept in black and white, the only accents being the red cushions on the stairs and the exhibition props.

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The Cumulus opening exhibition "Bitland" offer visitors of all ages the chance to use, try and test the digital technology we use every day. Interaction is visualized via two large projection walls. A pair of Vista Systems Spyders control four Panasonic projectors and permit edge blending of imagery.

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When you enter "Bitland" you also enter a digital world. Here you can use your ticket as a digital carrier bag. Everything you create at the exhibition will be stored as digital codes - so you can take it with you an see it again when you get home.
In different places in the exhibition you can create your own sounds, images or animations and save them on your ticket. You may record a sound or an image in one place which you use to make exciting things in other places at the exhibition. After your visit you can go to Danfoss Universe and save all of your stuff to your own computer by entering the number on your ticket.
Truly amazing....

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The park features inspiring technology, exciting machines and fun activities based on refrigeration, heat and movement - Danfoss's core competencies.
The very first building in the park, that opened in May 2005, was a giant blue cube with water running down the exterior walls and an artificial geyser in the center. The cube was the Icelandic Pavilion at the Hannover 2000 World Fair.

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Danfoss Universe is open all days of the week all year round.

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Drawing courtesy: J. Mayer H. ArchitektenSite Plan
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Drawing courtesy: J. Mayer H. ArchitektenCumulus (curiosity center) Floor Plan
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Drawing courtesy: J. Mayer H. ArchitektenCumulus (curiosity center) Section
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Drawing courtesy: J. Mayer H. ArchitektenCumulus (curiosity center)
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Drawing courtesy: J. Mayer H. ArchitektenCafeteria (food factory)

Facts about Cumulus

Cumulus (curiosity center):

1,200 m2
Cafeteria: 500 m2

Architect:
J. Mayer H. Architects

Project Team:

Juergen Mayer H
Marcus Blum
Thorsten Blatter
Andre Santer
Alessandra Raponi

Architect on Site:
Hallen & Nordby

Technical consultants:

Carl Bro

Client:

Danfoss Universe
Nordborg
Denmark

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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