Mecanoo creates Natural History Museum in Abu Dhabi

Francine Houben’s Mecanoo has created the design for the new 35,000 sqm Natural History Museum in Abu Dhabi – a space for education and a think – tank for future innovation in these respective fields. Inspired by natural rock formations, the project features also geometric shapes across all design elements, accompanied by the presence of water and vegetation. The new museum will contain gallery display areas, temporary exhibition spaces, theatre spaces and an innovative research facility for the study of zoology, paleontology, marine biology, molecular research and earth sciences.

The project will house some of the rarest exhibits in the world, including the famous “Stan”, an 11.7-metre long T-rex skeleton, or the Murchison Meteorite”.

The museum will feature immersive displays and interactive experiences  intended to transform the venue into a teaching institution.

The Natural History Museum in Abu Dhabi will take visitors on a journey back to the beginning of the universe , narrating its evolution , the Earth’s formation, and the history of life on the Earth.

Located in the Saadiyat Cultural District, the project will be part of the diverse array of cultural institutions such as Ateliers Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi or Zayed National Museum by Foster + Partners and Guggenheim Abu Dhabi by Frank Gehry.

Construction of the Natural History Museum is set for completion in 2025.