phaeno â€“ The World of Phenomena
Fire Tornado, photo: Lars Landmann
Come to phaeno and experience how tornados, anti-gravity forces, geysers and luminous gases can kindle your curiosity about the mysteries and phenomena of nature. There is something to discover for everyone â€“ however old you are and whatever you know already. Best of all: you, the visitors, are called upon to play an active part in determining and influencing what happens.
The phaeno builing in the centre of Wolfsburg looks like a spacecraft that has just landed. Resting on its ten cone-shaped â€śfeetâ€ť, the concrete structure spanning 154 metres seems to almost hover in the air.
Designed by the Iraq-born architect Zaha Hadid, the imposing structure sits enthroned high above street-level. The exhibition space, resting on conic supports and sublimely illuminated, emerged as the victorious project from an international competition staged in 2000. The London-based architect has devised a home for phaeno that breaks with many conventions and that liberates the area beneath it as a kind of urban space in the form of a covered artificial landscape with gently undulating hills and valleys. Since November 2005, the futuristic apparition has been raising eyebrows in amazement and making eyes gleam with awe among passers-by.
The inside of phaeno seems to be from another world as well: a free-flowing space framed by cast concrete. Without any right angles. Entwined over several levels. An ideal location for adventurers and discoverers. And a fantastic achievement of the London-based architect Zaha Hadid.
Interested in a conducted tour on the impressive architecture?
Fon.: +49 5361 / 899 930
phaeno in moving pictures
Tuesday - Friday: 9 am - 5 pm
Saturday, Sunday and public holidays: 10 am - 6 pm
Mondays and 24.12. / 31.12.: Closed
During school vacations in Lower Saxony:
Monday - Sunday: 10 am - 6 pm
Our Service Center staff is happy to answer any questions you may have Monday through Friday between 9 am and 5 pm.
Telephone: +49 (0) 5361 / 890 100