Østfold has a new state of the art science education center and it`s called Inspiria - its main purpose is offering information about health, environment and energy. The central atrium is the link between the three wings of this building and it has 70 interactive exhibits that incite the brain and their purpose is to educate using interactive games.
The main focus was on the sustainable design of the building and the Danish firm Aart Architects combined the eco friendly design with modern architectural designs,setting the grounds for a new image of Norway.
The 6.500 square meter building has 70 interactive exhibits that address tourists,children,families,students and there are also workshops that help people memorize and practice what they`ve seen and heard in the center and the building also has a another surprise to offer: the most advanced planetarium there is in northern Europe.
Some of the exhibits are a continuation of the sustainable design used when building the center,visitors can find out a lot of useful pieces of information about the environment ,energy sufficient devices ,pollution,health,food,nutrition,balanced life etc.Estimations let us know that the center awaits around 100.000 visitors per year and 40,000 lucky students enjoy free admission.
Electricity is received with the use of a wind turbine and an intricate photovoltaic system and the hot water is provided by a solar hot water system.The center has its own recycling program and it provides buses for schools when children want to visit the exhibits.Natural light fills the central atrium as well as the exhibit spaces.