On 12 June 2014, the Energy Discovery Centre in Tallinn will be opened in its remodelled form, which has been designed by KAOS Architects (as the main contractor) after we won the open design contest, held in 2010.
‘We were inspired by historical photos from the 1920s displaying the turbine hall in its full black-and-white beauty,’ explains Margit Argus, one of the authors. ‘So we aimed at restoring the old glory and, since it is an industrial building, the interactive scientific exhibits fit into this environment in an excellent manner,’ added Margit Aule. The black-and-white turbine hall features various exhibits concentrated onto a platform in the middle of the room; together with the old turbines, they seemingly form one big black machine. That machine, in turn, keeps a respectful distance from the splendid white walls.
The Energy Discovery Centre will have seven permanent exhibitions on energy, classical physics, acoustics, optics and other topics, totalling in over 100 interactive exhibits. The flagship feature is unique in Europe: a Tesla coil in a Faraday cage, allowing to create lightnings of up to 3 metres in length.
The architecture and interior design have been created by Margit Argus, Margit Aule, Sander Aas and Pelle-Sten Viiburg.
The building has an area of 3800 square metres and the construction was carried out by AS Restor. The remodelling of the science centre, financed by Enterprise Estonia and Eesti Energia, cost €3.7 million.