Hintze Hall

Hintze Hall is the cathedral-like entrance to the Natural History Museum. The hall is an exhibit in itself, made up of unique, listed artefacts such as the hand-painted botanical tiles lining the roof, and the 1,300-year old sequoia tree cross section sitting high above the main entrance archway.

We were appointed to undertake the M&E base build and exhibition fit-out works required to reinstate the blue whale skeleton. In preparation for this redisplay we carried out a full thermal analysis of the hall to understand and improve the internal environmental conditions for both visitors and exhibits.

Using the latest CFD modelling techniques we were able to revive Alfred Waterhouse’s original ventilation plans for the iconic hall, designed in 1865. Having researched Waterhouse’s original plans we discovered many of his solutions were not finished properly during the museum’s construction, significantly compromising the ventilation in the hall: temperatures can reach 40°C during summer months. By sympathetically restoring natural ventilation openings we achieved a 65% improvement in conditions, minimising thermal extremes and achieving a more stable 28°C ideal.

RELATED PROJECTS>

- M&E BASE BUILD
- EXHIBITION FIT-OUT
- THERMAL ANALYSIS
- CFD MODELLING
- NATURAL VENTILATION

CLIENT : National Maritime Museum

DESIGNER : Casson Mann

VALUE : £1.5m

Natural History Museum

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