Darwin cocoon wins Concrete Society award


The world's largest curved, sprayed concrete structure

The Darwin Centre Phase 2 forms part of the western extension of the Natural History Museum.

It provides a climate-controlled home for 20 million plant and insect specimens.

It also creates a working space for research scientists, as well as an exciting visitor destination.

Designed by Danish architects C F Møller, the cocoon was declared Overall Winner at the recent Concrete Society’s Awards for Excellence ceremony.

Judges said the structure will become “a benchmark for the production of extreme shapes in concrete”.

The extension contrasts with the original 19th century building

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