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3XN, B+H and Zhubo Win Competition to Design the New Shenzhen Natural History Museum

3XN, B+H, and Zhubo Design were selected as first-place winners in an international design competition for the new Shenzhen Natural History Museum. Attracting over 70 proposals from around the world, the contest first nominated fifteen teams for the bidding stage, representing 18 countries, before choosing the best proposal.

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LA's Natural History Museum to Expand With Transparent "Front Porch" Additions

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County (NHM) has released concept designs for the new NHM West/South Project – a scheme designed by LA firm Frederick Fisher and Partners (FF&P) in the first step towards a 10-year revitalization of the NHM as Exposition Park’s historic hub. The extensions would focus on the west and south sides of the museum, supporting new uses and reimagining the programs and spaces of its famous Ice Age fossil site at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum in Hancock Park.

Natural History Museum West Wing at Night (view from southwest): From the exterior, passers-by can view the museum’s new public facilities, including a flexible theater and an interdisciplinary education center for urban nature, culture, and history. A rooftop restaurant offers panoramic vistas of the Los Angeles basin that include the Downtown skyline, San Gabriel Mountains, Baldwin Hills and the Santa Monica Mountains.. Image Courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyNHM South Façade (south elevation): The museum’s southwestern perimeter is re-envisioned as a welcoming “front porch” extending from Bill Robertson Lane to the existing South Entrance. Along this accessible path, a new Welcome Center and redesigned circulation and landscape elements create a more seamless transition between indoors and out, increasing the museum’s connection to the community and making it a true urban “place.”. Image Courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County New Lobby, Welcome Center and Theater Entrance: A new entrance on the southwest corner provides direct access from Exposition Park’s South Lawn into NHM’s new immersive theater for performances, screenings, lectures, satellite-transmitted scientific expeditions from around the world, and a variety of community gatherings. Visually and physically connected to the existing museum building’s ground level temporary exhibition Gallery and first floor Welcome Center loggia, this new entrance also allows for access to the theater and restaurant outside of museum hours.. Image Courtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles CountyCourtesy of Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County+ 4

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

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

Following the news last year that five teams had been shortlisted to redesign and reimagine the grounds of London'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.