The new Marine Educational Center in Malmö, Sweden, by Danish studio NORD Architects, will teach its visitors about the effects of global warming and climate change on marine life. The complex will include life-like ecosystems, such as ponds and planting, mimicking marine ecologies in order to provide visitors with a hands-on experience of nature.
The architects have just released designs for their new building, which won first prize in a competition organized by Malmö City. The 32,292-square-foot, landscaped complex will feature a 7,534-square-foot visitor center with a large covered area in front. Floating laboratories, didactic signage and other educational content will be distributed across the landscape, which will include different natural ecosystems.
In addition to an array of solar panels that will harvest solar energy for heating, rainwater will be used to flush the center’s toilets. Inside, visitors will be able to engage with displays and interactive mechanisms that will provide information on the building’s heating, ventilation and water systems. This is intended to clarify the role of architecture in harvesting renewable energy.
The architects will collaborate with engineering firm Grontmij Malmö on the construction of the building, which is expected to cost 22 million SEK ($2.9 million).