The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH), New York, has unveiled designs for the  $340 million Richard Gilder Center for Science, Education, and Innovation.

The designs for the 235, 000-square-foot expansion and renovation were provided by Studio Gang Architects.

In the post-truth era, the museum’s role in presenting scientific evidence has never been more critical

AMNH’s president, Ellen Futter said that there is an urgent need for a better understanding of and access to science, reports the Architectural Record: “In the post-truth era, the museum’s role in presenting scientific evidence has never been more critical.”

The AMNH was in the news last month when it announced that it was cutting ties to fossil fuel investments.

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Jeanne Gang, Studio Gang founding principal, explains that in creating the design, “we uncovered a way to vastly improve visitor circulation and museum functionality, while tapping into the desire for exploration and discovery that is so emblematic of science and also such a part of being human.

“Upon entering the space, natural daylight from above and sight lines to various activities inside invite movement through the Central Exhibition Hall on a journey toward deeper understanding. The architectural design grew out of the museum’s mission.”

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Images: Studio Gang Architects

 

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