Special Collection, Natural History Museum

Protecting and displaying Sir Hans Sloane’s and Joseph Banks’ herbology and entomology collections in an atmospherically controlled environment was a key requirement for the design of this innovative storage system at the Natural History Museum in London. Made from beautifully engineered laminated ash staves, with stainless steel components, the curved form echoes the shape of the cocoon-like display space and evokes the tall ships on which the samples were collected. Adjacent to the storage area a reading space with specially equipped desks ensures the historic volumes are properly supported and protected.
2009 / £200K / 105m²