The story of the attraction called for a large, historic European building that is located in a town or city, monumental and adds a strong visual presence to the scene. Structures such as the Manchester Town Hall, the Bremer Rathaus or the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam were great inspirations. The goal of this research phase is to take in as many impressions as possible and open up to new ideas. It is also to build up a database of references which are very helpful in communicating ideas.
“The local fauna was also an inspiration during the beginning of the project. The storks living on the rooftops of the Europa-Park hotels were the first mascot of the attraction but later, due to story reasons, substituted by owls.”
Many existing styles are mixed and matched to create a new yet recognisable architectural style.
Early design illustrations depict a town hall for the main building, an idea that was later abandoned in favor of the Voletarium institut. Close-up sketches are rendered for getting a better feeling of the environments. Specific questions such as “where can you purchase tickets?” or general questions as “will the idea hold up in detail?” are answered. No matter how outrageous an idea, in this phase everything is allowed. Sketching a blueprint and planning the layout is also essential to this phase. This creates an overview of the space and helps identify all the different areas for designing.
“A new soundtrack will be composed to add theme music to the attraction. Different music will play inside and outside the building to create a unique atmosphere for the space and communicate a sense of discovery and adventure to the visitor.”
The building for the flying theater is not only beautiful but also one of Europa-Parks largest show buildings. At 15 meters height and 62 meters length it elegantly houses the attractions two giant, dome-shaped cinemas.
A rendering by Pascal Schouten showing a top and side view of the queue line building. Many of the ideas helped inspire the final design.
“The Europa-Park Express Train runs across the location of the Voletarium building. Its track had to be slightly altered to allow for building construction. The building is basically designed around the Express Train which runs through the main entrance.”
When all the requirements are implemented a blue print for the builders is created and construction can begin.
Buildings are rendered from every direction, construction and safety codes are applied. In this phase all final design choices are made, every detail is illustrated. Floor plans show the layouts and floor designs.
In addition to looking beautiful an attraction building must fulfil countless requirements. Things such as exits, toilets, air conditioning, heating, lighting, power, fire department codes, safety codes and acoustics must be considered and planned.