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National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects

  • 01:00 - 7 November, 2011
National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects
National Museum of Scotland / Gareth Hoskins Architects, © Andrew Lee
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  • Architects

  • Location

    Edinburgh, Scotland
  • Exhibition Designer

    Ralph Appelbaum Associates
  • Project Team

    Lucy Beltran Dos Santos ,Thomas Bernatzky, Chris Coleman Smith, James Darwent, Nick Domminney, Nicholas Ecob, Gordon Gibb, Tim Harland, Gareth Hoskins, Clare Kemsley, David Lindsay, Sophie Logan, Joyce McCafferty, Rory McCoy, Patrick Mitchell, Frank Mungall, Vas Piyasena, Donald Simpson, Jamie Sneeden, Alasdair Tooze, Hanneke Van Wel, Sylia Werner, Andrew Whyte, Niall Iain Wright, Elisa Yon, Scott Young
  • Structural Engineer

    David Narro Associates
  • Services Engineer

    Max Fordham
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Gardiner and Theobald
  • Lighting Design

    DHA Design
  • Fire Consultant

    Buro Happold FEDRA
  • Cdm Coordinator

    Turner Townsend Project Management
  • Main Contractor

    Balfour Beatty Construction
  • Area

    30000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2011
  • Photographs


© Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

The National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh has completed its most significant redevelopment in over a century, breathing new life into one of the finest Victorian buildings in Britain. 16 new galleries, home to over 8,000 objects, take visitors on an inspirational journey through the wonders of nature, the cultures of the world and the excitement of science and discovery.

© Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

Working with the Museum, award-winning practice Gareth Hoskins Architects has opened up and expanded the Museum’s public space, restoring and revitalizing the grandeur of the Victorian Grade A listed building. Ralph Appelbaum Associates, international interpretive planners and designers, were responsible for creating dramatic new exhibitions for visitors.

Diagram
Diagram

Spectacular stone-vaulted spaces on Chambers Street, originally used for storage and hidden from public view, have been excavated and sensitively developed to form an impressive new Entrance Hall, accessible from street level and encompassing welcoming visitor facilities.

Section
Section

From here visitors enter the breathtaking and light-filled Grand Gallery. This beautiful ‘birdcage’ structure, with its delicate cast-iron balconies and soaring glass roof, was opened in 1866. Designed by the Royal Engineer Captain Francis Fowke, architect of the Albert Hall, it was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace. It offers one of the most memorable architectural experiences in the UK.

© Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

The Grand Gallery has been reinstated as a dramatic focal point of the Museum’s displays, with its impressive feature the ‘Window on the World’. Spanning the four stories of the majestic Grand Gallery space, this spectacular vertical installation rises over 20 metres and showcases extraordinary objects from across the collections of National Museums Scotland.

Floor Plan
Floor Plan

The Discoveries gallery in the centre of the building, another major architectural feature, provides a dramatic new home for one of the Museum’s most popular exhibits, the Millennium Clock and some of the key highlights of the internationally important collections. Opening up long-forgotten archways, this space draws visitors through to the exhibitions and an expanded three-story Learning Centre, which features new studios, event spaces and an upgraded auditorium. A series of balconies, walkways and escalators improve visitor circulation and provide dramatic views, both of the architecture and the displays.

A broad range of exhibition design approaches have been developed to bring the rich collections to life: from a spectacular array of open-display taxidermy to contemplative object-rich installations; from an immersive cinematic experience to dramatic objects which act as focal points; and from hands-on interactives to displays of internationally important and unique objects. The redevelopment is the centerpiece of a visionary Masterplan to realize a 21st century museum which will stimulate and inspire people for generations.

© Andrew Lee
© Andrew Lee

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17 Comments

Barbera Peters · March 09, 2012

#Herbestemmen tot museum in Schotland http://t.co/oGmPYKhS Dit is ook in Nederland te zien! http://t.co/8EvAforz

DJvD · November 25, 2011

RT @ArchDaily I could have spend a week at the National Museum of Scotland! - Gareth Hoskins Architects http://t.co/H0bXmeEt @NtlMuseumsScot

kee · November 09, 2011

“@nicholaspatten National Museum of Scotland. http://t.co/5Nbx2TAm”

Nicholas Patten · November 09, 2011

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mariantoniamir · November 09, 2011

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Eleonora Gallenzi · November 09, 2011

Nice impressive hall http://t.co/nVjEMa4M @archdaily #architecture

zahra shn · November 08, 2011

like it

Munter Roe · November 08, 2011

Was this not completed years ago?

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Studio EM · November 08, 2011

wow awesome, reminds me a bit of the Musée d&#39Orsay - The National Museum of Scotland http://t.co/AiFonpsN #architecture #interiordesign

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Graham Mowat · November 08, 2011

Stunning restoration job by Gareth Hoskins Architects, National Museum of Scotland http://t.co/4i55RB7d

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