This week the newly built science centre VilVite, of which planning, design and development/build has been executed by NorthernLight and Bruns, will officially open its doors.
VilVite is a modern science centre located in Bergen, Norway. It opened May 2007, has 2400 m² exhibition area and attracts approximately 115 000 visitors per year.
The vision of the shopping centre is to “offer a friendly and pleasant shopping experience”. To support this they want to offer a variety of experiences to make people stay longer in the centre. They also want to communicate their social responsi- bility through investing in an extensive community program. As part of the package they want to present experiences beyond pure entertainment giving additional values to the visit. This VilVite branch should place somewhat more emphasis on entertainment than education compared to our existing science centre. And there is no intention to offer curriculum based educational school programs like VilVite does. Some of the content has to relate to the local industry, which to a great extent is oil and gas oriented, including a subsea centre of expertise.
photography: Thor Brødreskift / VilVite Sotra