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Natural History Museum

Published on 19 February 2013 at 10:09

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Construction of major extension to the Natural History Museum to house departments of Botany and Entomology providing an additional 19,500m² of accommodation.

The main feature of the extension was the construction of an 8 storey high concrete cocoon using sprayed concrete technology. This cocoon will soon house the Museum's botany and entomology specimens in controlled conditions to keep them safe from damage by heat, humidty and pests. The cocoon is enclosed with a glass structure which also houses staff accommodation, offices and laboratory facilities. The new building will also offer the public an opportunity to visit and experience the collection and see the work of the museum scientific staff.

Photo Credit: Torken Eskerod, Frans Borgman, C.F. Moller Architects

AIS Services: Building Regulation Approvals

Design Team: C F Moller Architects

Awards: 2011 Civic Award Trust Award, 2011 Dedalo Minosse Award Honourable Mention, 2011 Shortlisted for RIBA Award, 2010 Shortlisted for Building Magazine Project of the year, 2010 Shortlisted for the Conde Nast Innovation and Design Awards in the culture category