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BRIEF: CF Miller and Partners

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Copenhagen-based CF Miller and Partners has won a competition to design the second phase of the Natural History Museum's Darwin Centre. The practice beat Jeremy Dixon.Edward Jones, Future Systems, Rick Mather Architects and Spanish architect Rafael Moneo to the £50 million contract.

Phase two of the Darwin Centre will house the museum's 28 million insects and six million plant specimens. CF M ller and Partners plans to house the entomological and botanical collections within the curving surfaces of a 'cocoon', encased within a transparent outer structure. It will sit alongside the first phase by HOK International, which is nearing completion and contains the museum's 22 million zoological specimens.Phase one will open to the public in September 2002. The second phase is due to open in 2006.

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