Find out about the innovative Darwin Centre development project. Designed by internationally renowned C F Møller Architects of Denmark, the new building's construction began in June 2006. It was unveiled to the public on 15 September 2009.
'An innovative project like the Darwin Centre deserves to be housed in an iconic building. The new Darwin Centre building will feature a 65-metre-long, 8-storey-high cocoon, both symbolically and actually providing protection to the collections housed within.' - Neil Greenwood, Programme Director, Darwin Centre
The state-of-the-art Darwin Centre cost £78 million and took around 25 months and 280 people to build. Walk through the building's spectacular atrium and marvel at the gigantic cocoon inside its glass box.
The magnificent cocoon structure protects and houses the Museum's most valuable specimen collections. Designed by internationally renowned C F Møller Architects of Denmark, construction began in June 2006 and finished in September 2008. After all the collections and displays were moved in, it opened to the public on 15 September 2009.
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'There were many fascinating elements to explore: the sheer size of this valuable collection; the complexity of the scientists' working environment, and their relationship to this collection - all bound together by the very contemporary concept of allowing the public to see behind the scenes. In the cocoon building, the boundaries between the inner and outer worlds of scientific research are blurred and we have achieved a transparency... without interrupting the work in progress.' - Anna Maria Indrio, partner in charge, C F Møller Architects.