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Above: Animation of the new museum. The speak is in Danish only.
Winning Project: Denmark's new natural history museum
The 31st of May 2012 The Natural History Museum unveiled the largest and most ambitious Danish museum building project in recent years. The new museum, which merges with the Botanical Garden in Copenhagen in the most beautiful way, has been designed by Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and architect Claus Pryds. The museum expects to open its doors for the public in 2018.
The 31st of May, The Natural History Museum revealed what Denmark's new natural history museum will look like. The new museum will be carefully woven into the Botanical Garden, and the historic buildings in the garden will be preserved and bound together by light glass buildings and greenhouses. Below the surface, the museum's exhibitions will unfold in organically shaped rooms.
- We have been in the fantastic situation that the jury had to choose between six very convincing bids for the new museum. We have chosen Lundgaard & Tranberg Architects and architect Claus Pryds with a solution that has managed to create a unique museum building, while the new museum utilizes the area in, around, above and below the Botanical Garden in a way that creates a perfect balance between garden and museum, says Morten Meldgaard, director of the Natural History Museum.
The new museum invites passers-by inside and gives Copenhagen a new alley where anyone can go through free of charge: From Sølvtorvet, through the new museum, into the Botanical Garden and to the gate at Nørreport Station.
If on the trip through the alley you raise your eyes, you will look directly up at a school of whales, and on top, as a landmark for the museum, the colossal skeleton of a blue whale hovers. The impressive collection of whale skeletons is one of the largest worldwide.
Experiencing below ground
Like Pei’s pyramid at the Louvre in Paris, only a small part of the museum is visible above ground. Beneath the surface more adventures are waiting. Here you will find Space, the Gateway to the Arctic, Evolution, and a variety of other exhibitions, which - together with the opportunity of the visitor to look over the scientists’ shoulders - form an innovative framework for the museum experience.
- With the new museum, we unite a wide range of research and dissemination activities, which today are scattered at different locations. As to public outreach, it will mean a quadrupling of the number of visitors, a tenfold increase in tourist visits and a multiplication of school visits, says Morten Meldgaard.
The Natural History Museum is, with its connection to the University, already a centre of international excellence, but with the new setting the museum gets a unique opportunity to create an interdisciplinary platform for the development of science in Denmark.
The realization of the new museum builds on a strong collaboration between the University of Copenhagen, the state and private foundations. The construction project is budgeted at 1.1 billion DKK, plus development and installation of new exhibitions at approx. 275 million DKK - a total of DKK 1,375 billion.
A number of private foundations have already expressed a positive interest in the project while the state and the University contribute land, buildings and renovation at a total value of around 385 million DKK.
With the unveiling of the winning project the work at raising funds is now entering into its final phase. It is anticipated that funding is in place at the turn of 2012/13 and that construction can begin in 2015 and completed in 2017/18.