Natural History Museum Civic Realm Competition


Grant Associates


We imagine the Garden of Natural Science as a living, outdoor expression of the science, collections and learning experiences to be found within the Natural History Museum. At the same time it is a garden for the city and offers a unique public environment for London offering spaces of retreat, delight, tranquillity and greenery within this otherwise hard urban context. We use the octopus as a metaphorical symbol for our approach illustrating a line of continuous adaptation in the representation and exploration of nature at the Museum. Using the combination of a coherent design framework, real physical exhibits and advanced virtual technology, the approach depicts an authentic and inspirational thematic environment that reinvigorates the Museum as a leading global institution.


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