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Edinburgh National Museum – Case Study


September 27, 2017

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On Friday 29th July 2011, visitors to the newly opened National Museum of Scotland could take their first look at the stunning redevelopments which have transformed the Royal Museum. The building, which had previously been voted the ‘best-loved’ Edinburgh building of the last 150 years by the Edinburgh Architectural Association, stands proud in the hearts of Scots, so a positive reception to the new design was critical.The transformation, led by Gareth Hoskins Architects, had to keep the inherent beauty and historic features of the existing building while increasing public spaces by 50%. The new design created sixteen new galleries, a new café and learning

The transformation, led by Gareth Hoskins Architects, had to keep the inherent beauty and historic features of the existing building while increasing public spaces by 50%. The new design created sixteen new galleries, a new café and learning centre, and an additional 800m2 of exhibition space. It has enabled the display of thousands of new treasures – 80% of which are on display for the first time. One of the foremost fire engineering agencies in the

One of the foremost fire engineering agencies in the were tasked to develop the fire strategy. It was a challenging environment because of the age of the building, the fact that it was a Grade 1 listed building and the short time frame involved. Engineers installed all automatic smoke and fire curtains, many of which were hidden behind the arches to retain the aesthetic impact of the original building.