DeltariumWater museum on the river Meuse
In the coming years, the area between Ravenstein and Lith will be transformed into a natural river landscape in which the river Meuse will be given the space to overflow its banks. In the new Deltarium to be realized, the story of this environment and the larger context of the Dutch Delta and its residents will be portrayed.
The Aa en Maas Water Board, the Municipality of Oss and Natuurmonumenten have therefore taken the initiative to realize a 'deltarium' in the flood plains of the Maas.The idea is to make the regional identity, linked to global themes such as climate adaptation, food supply and energy transition, tangible make for a large audience.
We want to express the two faces of the 'cultural nature' present here in the buildings and the layout of the experience center. The shape of the building is reminiscent of natural curves such as shells. However, it stems from the mobius, a mathematical form; which stands for infinity. The three-dimensional organic shape offers a variety of perspectives of the building from the surrounding landscape.
The museum building has been designed in such a way that energy consumption is minimal. The glass fronts are fitted with state-of-the-art solar heat-resistant glass, so that no (view-obstructing) sun protection is required. Heat and cold are exchanged with the adjacent open water through a low-temperature floor system. The roof is suitable for electricity generation by means of black solar panels that are integrated in the roof. The plants around the center are used as biological water purification for sanitary waste water, after which it can be reused as greywater.