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Odysseum Cologne: The Adventure of Knowledge
Just a few years ago, people would have given you a questioning look if you used the term "science centre". Museums
and exhibitions were notions Europeans could relate to. When
the Universum Science Center opened in 2000 in Bremen
though, science centres became more popular in Germany.
The Phaeno in Wolfsburg followed suit, along with the Science House in Rust and the Mathematikum in Gießen. Now
the Odysseum, which opened this year in Cologne, wants to
join these ranks.

Anschnallpflicht: Im Hochseilgarten können Kinder nun
auch ihr körperliches Geschick unter Beweis stellen,
nachdem vorher ständig der Kopf gefordert wurde.

schwarze Null nicht erreicht werden kann. Außenstehenden
stellt sich aber auch die Frage, warum es bei den genannten
Eintrittsgeldern nicht möglich ist, einen Gewinn zu erwirtschaften, da die Investition nicht abgezahlt werden muss. Freizeitparks mit 250.000 bis 350.000 Besuchern pro Saison ist es
bei weitaus höherem Personalaufwand jedenfalls ohne weiteres möglich, Gewinn zu erwirtschaften und darüber hinaus
auch noch ständig neue Investitionen in Millionenhöhe zu tätigen. Auf Investitionen wird aber auch das Odysseum nicht
verzichten können, um langfristig attraktiv zu bleiben. Genügend Platz zum Beispiel für Ausstellungen gibt es bereits, die
auch für Wiederholungsbesuche sorgen sollen. Darüber hinaus
werden verschiedene Workshops angeboten, die zusätzlich
zum Eintritt gebucht werden können. (ChA)
SK-Stiftung CSC: www.sk-stiftung-csc.de
Odysseum: www.odysseum.de

On the occasion of its 175th anniversary back in 2001, the
Stadtsparkasse Köln (municipal savings bank of Cologne)
established the SK Foundation for the Cologne Science Center (CSC), the goal of which was to build and operate a science centre in Cologne. The development of an overall concept in this early phase of the project was placed in the hands
of Professor Dr Dr Franz Josef Radermacher, who is held as
a renowned futurologist. Radermacher set up a pool of
14 scholars and 14 science journalists, from which 14 expert
"tandem" teams were formed. From then on, these tandems
were to flesh out the contents of the exhibition. In the spring
of 2003, a meta-scenographic competition was then held for
the realisation of these contents in specific spaces, and a
model from Hüttinger Exposition Engineering won. Together
with the developed contents, the project ran at around 80 to
100 million euros. After the meta-scenographic planning
phase was completed, Andreas Waschk Consulting AG (AWC
AG) was contracted as the assessor of the project. It quickly
became clear that an undertaking of this dimension was not
going to be financially sustainable. In terms of cost factors,
the project was therefore cut back extremely to "just" 31 million euros, which ultimately convinced the Sparkasse.
AWC was then contracted with the management of the
entire project.
One of the biggest difficulties was integrating the 144 themes
fleshed out by the tandem teams into central spatial themes
and an overall scenography. P&P Projects was commissioned
with this task, as it already had one reference in the area of
science centres under its belt: the Earth Explorer in Oost-

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