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Behind the Scenes: Darwin Centre with Architect Teva Hesse '82

  • 11 May 2010
  • 6:30 PM
  • Darwin Centre, Natural History Museum, entrance at Queens Gate
We are honored to have the architect who designed the new Darwin Centre at the Natural History Museum, Teva Hesse '82, to discuss the evolution of the design project from vision to finished structure.

We will also be guided on a behind-the-scenes tour of the Cocoon by one of the most well-known and popular scientists, Blanca Huertas, Butterfly Curator. She was recently seen on BBC2's Museum of Life series.

This is truly a unique opportunity.

Join us for drinks in the atrium at 6:30 and the talk at 7pm. The tours will begin after the talk and should take a little over an hour.

Another free event for dues-paying members!

Nearest tube: South Kensington

About the speaker: Teva Hesse '82 holds architecture degrees from Princeton University and U.C. Berkeley, and was a Regent’s Fellow in his final year at Berkeley.  He has practiced internationally, for 15 years in Denmark and in the UK since 2002. Teva has been lead designer for several landmark projects including the extension to the National Gallery in Copenhagen, the Darwin Centre 2 at London’s Natural History Museum and the Sammy Ofer Wing at the National Maritime Museum. In his current position as head of the London branch of C.F. Møller Architects, he oversees a variety of healthcare, residential and cultural projects.

About the Darwin Centre Project:

The second, £78m phase of the Darwin Centre opened in September 2009. It is the largest extension of the celebrated Natural History Museum since its founding in South Kensington in 1881. Our tour will focus on the architecture of the Darwin Centre which takes the form of an enormous Cocoon encased within a glass enclosure. The Cocoon houses the majority of the Museum's botanical and entomological collections of 17 million insects and 3 million plants. Adjacent to the cocoon are eight floors of offices and laboratories. As a first for the Museum, the public is offered a glimpse behind the scenes to gain an appreciation, not only of the enormous diversity and size of the collections, but also of how this world resource is used for world-leading medical and environmental research.

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