Taken at the Natural History Museum/Darwin Centre in London.
The £78m Cocoon is the climax of the Natural History Museum's two-stage, decade-long Darwin Centre . The eight-storey concrete chrysalis of science, housed in a steel and glass case, is an architectural metaphor, a fabricated conceit that protects 22 million specimens of insect and 3m samples of plant tissue.
The Cocoon is important because it extends the embrace of science. The Natural History Museum in Kensington, London, is the nation's biggest natural history attraction with more visitors each year than London Zoo, Kew Gardens and the Eden Project combined. The Darwin Centre now makes it possible for inquiring visitors to take a closer look at a greater proportion of the 70m animal, plant and mineral specimens hidden for most of the past 130 years in the vaults, laboratories and storerooms of the Victorian terracotta temple of learning.
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