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Snøhetta to transform the historic Natural History Museum of Lille

Oct 20, 2022

Snøhetta is proud to have been chosen to reinvent the Natural History Museum of Lille in northern France.

"In such a significant city with long-established traditions within culture and arts, we are excited to work on a project which is paying homage to and respecting the heritage as well as looking ahead. Through our design, we aim to revitalize the museum as a landmark and aspire to find the most sustainable solutions, contributing to the City of Lille's sustainability goals," says Kjetil Trædal Thorsen, co-founder of Snøhetta.

 Accompanied by a transdisciplinary team featuring the scenographer Adeline Rispal, the landscape architects of Taktyk, the engineering firm Quadriplus and the construction economist VPEAS, Snøhetta will restore and modernize the museum for a planned reopening in 2025.
 
Combining renewal and preservation

In conjunction with its 200th anniversary in August this year, the Natural History Museum will undertake a major architectural and scientific transformation to enhance the museum's prominent position further, aiming to make knowledge more available to all.

By combining heritage preservation and contemporary museum exhibition design, the project will support the city's ambition to combine urban renewal with preservation of the city's historic architecture.  

Read more about the project here

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Snøhetta to transform the historic Natural History Museum of Lille