Universe of Particles; An Architectural Designed Scientific Theory Exhibit

August 8, 2011

An open mind is required when innovative architecture meets scientific theory. What is the outcome likely to be in building form? In the case of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) and architecture firm, Atelier Bruckner, the answer was the 2010 opening of the permanent exhibit, the Universe of Particles.

The Universe of Particles is located on the ground floor of CERN’s conference center, The Globe of Science and Innovation, in Meyrin, Geneva. The Globe is a sphere-shaped 450 square meter building.

The Globe is CERN’s tool for continued work in physics, leading edge technologies and their application in everyday life. It is the birthplace of the worldwide web and the continued science of the ‘nature of esoteric particles containing heavy quarks.’ Esoteric particle research is necessary in green architecture because it is the study of the interaction of matter and energy and can be used in the advancement of energy efficient technologies.

The Universe of Particles was designed to answer commonly asked physic questions, such as what is mass or how was the universe formed, with interactive screens and kiosks. It is described as follows,

Resources: Trip Advisor, Atelier Bruckner, CERN, Gizmag, and Archi Tonic



Jennifer Shockley

Jennifer is originally from Colorado and has recently moved back from Michigan. She is finishing up her Master’s degree in Architecture. She is currently focusing on urban planning and sustainable design and hopes to gain employment at a design firm specializing in these areas. Jennifer also has writing experience serving as an editor for her school newspaper and college magazine. Jennifer has two cats named Prada and Dior-aptly named after her shoe obsession. You can follow Jennifer on twitter @jenshock81.