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MacCormac unveils 'glowing' new £50m Wellcome wing

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The Science Museum last week unveiled MacCormac Jamieson Prichard's new £50 million exhibition hall featuring 'floating' steel decks and walls which glow with deep blue light (above).

Speaking at the launch of the Wellcome wing, architect Richard MacCormac described the corrugated steel exterior 'a simple industrial building.' But the interior promises much more.

The 23m wide exhibition decks span the 10,000m2 cavernous hall suspended on steel cantilevers and beams. The back wall faces onto Queen's Gate and consists of a 32m high window made of layers of perforated metal, louvre blinds, clear and blue glass which glows blue without casting natural light onto the exhibits. Services and stairs to the exhibitions are behind a backlit blue fibre-glass skin. Rogier van der Heide, director of Amsterdam- based Hollands Licht, worked as lighting designer.

The exhibition space includes a 450-seat imax cinema, fitted out by Fletcher Priest Architects.

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