A veritable coal sink at Kungliga Djurgården that can inspire others, that is how Stora Enso’s Per Lyvall describes the wooden building that is now being built at the National Museum of Science and Technology. I get to be on site for the initiation of Wisdome and despite the snowstorm, it’s a fantastic day. The building will be beautiful and city architect Torbjörn Falk sounds lyrical as he welcomes cutting-edge architecture to Stockholm. I feel excited about yet another example of how we at Royal Djurgården carry the more than hundred-year-old tradition of being at the forefront, presenting and discussing the deeds of the future as we have been doing since the large world exhibitions were held here in the late 19th and early 20th century.
To dare to do the difficult
The challenges of the Wisdome Stockholm project are many. Building materials, architecture, technology – everything must be challenged in terms of sustainability. And this in the middle of a pandemic. It´s great to see that these things have been given attention. My thoughts turn to John F Kennedy’s famous speech:
“We choose to go to the Moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” John F Kennedy
The ambition is to drive the development and create something cutting edge, now – it cannot wait. Maybe we are not going to the moon, but with the help of the latest technology we are set on Mars.
First step today and soon it will be ready and filled with life – Wisdome Stockholm. In 2023, another annual ring will be added here at Djurgården.
The world is complex, here it becomes understandable
There is no doubt that the architecture will be fantastic, but what will the building contain? Everything from difficult challenges and complex contexts to breath-taking experiences will be exhibited here. Cutting-edge technology in visualization makes it possible to provide new perspectives on important issues and makes the complicated easier and more fun to understand. This will be a meeting place for academia, school, business, and curious museum visitors of all ages.
I already long for the opening.
Christer Fuglesang and Minister of Culture Jeanette Gustafsdotter states what we all know – that culture is important as a key to science and to new knowledge for children as well as adults.
Thank you, Peter Skogh, the National Museum of Science and Technology and everyone who contributes to realizing this visionary venture.
Now we will follow the construction and long for the opening of another attraction on Royal Djurgården.
Camilla Zedendahl, CEO
Kungliga Djurgårdens Intressenter (The Royal Djurgården Society)