Neutelings Riedijk Architecten was recently awarded with the architectural design commission for the new Naturalis Biodiversity Center in Leiden. As one of the top five natural history museums in the world, Naturalis has a collection totaling over 37 million objects.. A collaboration between Amsterdam Zoological Museum, National Herbarium Nederland and the National Natural History Museum, Naturalis has resulted in an expansion of personnel and objects and correspondingly the need to extend and renovate the current location and research facilities. More images and architects' description after the break.
Neutelings Riedijk was unanimously chosen by a commission led by Ton Idsinga, architectural historian, who stated that the vision of the architects allowed the existing part of Naturalis to stay close to intact, while achieving a completely new concept with the new building on the north side, forming one ensemble, however different the appearance of the two buildings are.
The design team includes a collaboration between Neutelings Riedijk Architecten, Aronsohn Constructions, Huisman & Van Muijen and DGMR Engineers.