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National Museum of Scotland – The Most Significant Redeveloped Architecture

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The capital city of Scotland, Edinburgh is one of the best places with remarkable architectural delights and thriving cultural scenes. Not just this, the city also offers a perfect balance between all traditional and contemporary aspects. Commonwealth games project, Dundee house, Star of Caledonia and now National Museum of Scotland, the list of architectural delights, here is never-ending.

A Significant Redevelopment

Designed by Gareth Hoskins architects in the year 2011, this museum covers a total area of 30,000 sqm and was handled by a big project team. The Museum has completed its most significant redevelopment in over a century and is now living a new life in one of the optimum Victorian buildings in Britain. With its sixteen new galleries and over 8,000 objects, visitors can enjoy an inspirational journey through the cultures of the world, wonders of nature and delight of science and discovery.

Architect has actually opened up and expanded the public space of the museum, thus restoring and invigorating the splendour of this Victorian Grade A listed building. The dramatic new exhibitions for visitors have been created by Ralph Appelbaum Associates, international interpretive planners and designers.

Architectural Delights Inside Museum

Outstanding stone-vaulted spaces on Chambers Street have been exhumed and delicately developed to form an inspiring new Entrance Hall that is accessible from street level and encompasses friendly visitor facilities. These spaces were originally used for storage and hidden from public view. From here starts the spectacular and light filled Grand Gallery. This beautiful ‘birdcage’ structure was opened in 1866 and boasts delicate cast-iron balconies and rising glass roof. Designed by Royal Engineer Captain Francis Fowke, architect of Albert Hall, it was inspired by London’s Crystal Palace and it offers one of the unforgettable architectural experiences in UK.

Grand Gallery has been restored as a dramatic focal point of Museum’s displays with its inspiring feature ‘Window on the World’. Traversing the four stories of the majestic Grand Gallery space, this remarkable vertical installation rises over twenty metres and displays extraordinary objects from across the collections of National Museums of Scotland.

Another major architectural feature in this museum is Discoveries gallery located in the centre of building. It provides a melodramatic new home for one of the most popular exhibits of this museum, that is, the Millennium Clock and some of the key highlights of internationally important collections. This space draws visitors through to the exhibitions and an expanded three-story Learning Centre, which includes event spaces, new studios and an upgraded auditorium. A series of walkways, balconies and escalators enhance visitor circulation and provide dramatic views.

Then a broad range of exhibition design approaches have been developed to bring rich collections to life from a spectacular array of open-display taxidermy to contemplative object-rich installations. The redevelopment of this museum is the centrepiece of a visionary Master plan to comprehend a 21st century museum that will stimulate and inspire people for generations.

Architect : Gareth Hoskins Architects
Photographs: Andrew Lee

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