Níall McLaughlin Chosen for Redevelopment of London’s Natural History Museum

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British practice Níall McLaughlin Architects together with Kim Wilkie have been unanimously selected as the winners of the competition to reimagine the external grounds of London’s Natural History Museum. The competition, which attracted proposals from shortlisted teams such as BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group), Stanton Williams Architects, and Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios, called for entries to ”reshape the Museum’s grounds and reinvigorate its public setting” with an aim to creating “an innovative exterior setting that matches Alfred Waterhouse’s Grade I listed building whilst also improving access and engaging visitors.”

Designs Unveiled for London’s Natural History Museum Urban Redevelopment

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Following the news last year that five teams had been shortlisted to redesign and reimagine the grounds of ’s iconic Natural History Museum (NHM), five anonymous concept images have been unveiled. The brief called for proposals to “reshape the Museum’s grounds and reinvigorate its public setting” with an aim to creating “an innovative exterior setting that matches Alfred Waterhouse’s Grade I listed building and the award-winning Darwin Centre for architectural excellence, whilst also improving access and engaging visitors.”

Read on to see the competing teams, including individual concept images from BIG, Stanton Williams and Feilden Clegg Bradley.

Burren House / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: , Co. , Ireland
Area: 490 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Courtesy of Níall McLaughlin Architects, Nick Kane

House at Goleen / Níall McLaughlin Architects

© Nick Guttridge

Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: Spanishcove, Co. Cork,
Area: 300 sqm
Year: 2009
Photographs: Nick Guttridge, Nick Kane,

Student Accommodation, Somerville College / Níall McLaughlin Architects

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Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: Somerville College, , Oxfordshire, UK
Area: 2,541 sqm
Year: 2011
Photographs: Courtesy of , Nick Kane

House at Pipers End / Níall McLaughlin Architects

© Nick Kane

Architects: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Location: , UK
Mechanical Engineer: XCO2
Structural Engineer: Price & Myers
Main Contractor: Claremont Construction
Area: 220 sqm
Year: 2008
Photographs: Nick Kane