The Malopolska science center is located north east of central Krakow at the site of an abandoned airport. The area is characterized by the relatively flat landscape and large scale buildings, such as the university campus, blocks of student housing and commercial facilities. The arrival of the site takes place from several sides: from north by the public transportation stop. From east by a new street guiding buses and cars to the building. From south it attracts visitors from the nearby aviation museum and the park. The Malopolska science is open to all three sides leading directly into the very hart of the building.
Open and inviting the Malopolska science centre embraces science on all scales and attracts a critical mass of interdisciplinary knowledge. Like advanced organic structures are based on a complex unity of cells, this structure is a cluster of various functions and atmospheres, that provides the framework for a lively, professional and yet open community. This is the DNA of the structure, where the tension between the generic/straight spaces and specific/spherical spaces is evident both in the build structure as well as the landscape. It creates a landmark for the region that is both highly functional and a endless source of experiences, that will strengthen the curiosity and capacity for the scientific innovation.
The science center is an organism blending the build structure with cells of nature, water and light. This alternation between the two opposites is visible already by the landscape. The hard surface blends with cells of eco systems with water, trees, ornamental grasses and various plants. By mixing this with exhibition points and outdoor labs an inspiring, informative and eventful arrival for the visitors emerge.