Interior picture from Statens Naturhistoriske Museum References

Statens Naturhistoriske Museum

- In progress

Glass panes
Overlap between panes
Unique shapes

The new museum for natural history “SNM” is currently being erected in Copenhagen. The project is quite complex where existing buildings is transformed into an entirely new museum where most new parts will be underground. The most eye-catching new build is the “Ocean sal”, which is a super elliptical dome structure that will be the exhibition area for Whale skeletons hanging from the dome and creating an illusion of being under water. The structure consists of a nodal steel structure that form the shape of the dome.

The glazing system is a shingling glass system where the outer glass in each IG unit is overlapping the one below, similar to a roof tile system. The glazing system is based on aluminum profiles horizontally that generate a step in the façade so that there is 4 levels of glass in each cross point horizontally.

For vertical attachment the LS3000 Light system is used to enable us to install from the outside but securing the glass on the inside to the steel structure.

Since the structure is a super elliptical dome, the ~1600 pieces of glass can only be mirrored once so that we have 800 unique pieces of glass in the structure.

For the underground areas of the project we supply special skylights and wall partitions in bespoke steel systems to recreate the look of old times.

Location: Botanisk Have, Copenhagen, Denmark
Owner: Københavns Universitet
Architect: Lundgaard & Tranberg Arkitekter
Commissioned by: Aarsleff AS
Services: Façades and skylights
Status: In progress
Photographer: Lindner Scandinavia

Scope of work

Lindner Scandinavia has developed the steel and glass solutions using parametric design from the linear model of glass joints supplied by the architect for the Ocean sal.
For other areas a bespoke system has been developed. Complete delivery including installation of all components.

© Københavns Universitet / SNM

See the timelapse of the Oceansal erection in the video above.