Interactive center for popularization, promotion and media coverage of science and research, located in Hall D at the Brno Exhibition Center. The pavilion was completed in 1973 (architect Zdeněk Denk) with the main entrance facing the Brno Exhibition Center as part of the urban structure of the pavilions gradually built along Křížkovského Street. The original block of the entrance hall on the side of the Brno Exhibition Center was transformed into part of the exhibition – the Science Theatre, and a new entrance – the amoeba, a characteristic element of the new use of the building, was created on the opposite side.
Together with the shelter at the bus stop, the entrance amoeba is expressively contrasted with the original austere expression of the pavilion and forms the orientation point for the new entrance to VIDA! Science Center. Its organic form is made up of a steel structure with sheet metal templates on the inner shell and classic plumbing on the outside. The pavilion itself, on the other hand, has been reconstructed with respect for the original character of all structures (spatial roof trusses on 8 massive columns), including on the original steel cladding structure..
On an area of almost 5000 m2, are over 150 interactive exhibits (e.g., Ocean in a bottle, Bicycle on a rope, Rotating room, Earthquake plate, and a Larger-than-life model of a heart). The permanent exhibition is divided into 4 basic areas – Planet, Civilization, Man, and Microworld. In each of these areas, there are so-called vidators – lecturers, and guides who are in charge of scientific experiments and help in operating the exhibits. The accompanying program includes performances with science experiments and special programs for schools and the public.
Website of the VIDA Center itself can be found at this link https://vida.cz/