Naturalis Biodiversity Center

Naturalis Leiden

The Naturalis museum in Leiden (NL) is undergoing a total renovation.  The current space will be redesigned and a modern new building will be realized with curved window profiles. There was a great need for more space since the number of visitors have more than doubled in recent years. In addition, the museum has more than 42 million museum objects, including a giant T-Rex.


New building

The construction work is in full swing. The old museum is completely renovated. The new building will be erected against the old museum and will include nine new exposition halls, a laboratory, catering establishments and a museum shop. The new building is characterized by a modern atrium with a unique façade of concrete and glass. The facade has an openwork structure with elliptical windows that allow a lot of light through.



Ellipse shaped window frames

The ellipse shaped aluminum frames are manufactured by Kersten in Wanssum. Bram Top, Account Manager at Kersten Aluminum Bending explains: 'For the new Naturalis we have produced a total of 234 elliptical frames. We have bent the aluminum profiles, mitered them, provided with holes, assembled and welded into elliptical parts. The ellipses are powder coated and provided with rubbers. The frames were then carefully packed and delivered as complete assembles. Ready to build in '.



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