<span>National</span><span>Museum</span><span>
of</span><span>Scotland</span>

National Museum of Scotland

National Museum of Scotland

The National Museum of Scotland houses priceless collections, from ancient artefacts to contemporary displays.

Max Fordham was involved in developing the masterplan for the phased refurbishment of the Grade-A listed building. We also provided environmental and building services design, as well as acoustic consultancy, to create a new entrance, 16 new galleries, new circulation routes, shops and restaurants.

Before this process started, a new off-site store was built to provide efficient conditioned storage for the sensitive exhibits. Our design strategy was to use as much of the public space in the manner that was originally intended, without intrusive or expensive conditioning. The project won the coveted RIAS Doolan Prize for the best building in Scotland in 2011 - the highest value architecture prize in the UK.

Architect

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Value

£46M

Completion

2011

Client

National Museum of Scotland

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Across the entire project the building services have been thoughtfully integrated into the existing building fabric
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Cable trays are designed to be reminiscent of the timber beams that support the elevated walkways, visually vanishing from view
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Previously under-utilised vaults have been re-purposed as welcoming exhibition spaces for visitors
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Subtle, expressive and finely detailed lighting picks out the textures in the vault walls
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A timber grille installed in a redundant doorway aids ventilation in the cafe
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Subtle ambient and feature lighting makes for a lively exhibition space

The Museum won the RIAS Doolan Prize for the Best Architecture in Scotland in 2011

Image: Andrew Lee

Architect

Gareth Hoskins Architects

Value

£46M

Completion

2011

Client

National Museum of Scotland

2011 RIAS Doolan Prize

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