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0624 - Science Museum

London

The largest new exhibition space within the Science Museum of recent years, the new Information Age gallery.

Key Features  

  • A new 145m long rounded parallelogram bridge provides a viewing platform known as the ‘Whispering Gallery’, journeying along the way through six ‘Story Boxes’. 
  • The structure consists of a single continuous 350mm square hollow-box ‘spine beam’, with cantilevering box section arms supporting the timber joisted floor between and glass balustrades.
  • The spine beam spans over several support conditions, including stiff UC cantilevers at each end, new staircases, story-box frames and discreet single-sided support from existing RC columns.
  • The story-boxes transfer load down to the existing RC beams through a braced steel frame onto a complex arrangement of shallow spreader beams. No access to the Making of the Modern World gallery below was permitted at any time.

Client: Science MuseumArchitect: Universal Design Studio

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People:
Andy Heyne
Kelly Harrison