Natural History Museum


Avanti Architects are leading the repair and restoration of the iconic façade of the Grade I listed Natural History Museum, designed by Alfred Waterhouse in 1873 to house the British Museum’s collection of wildlife, plant life and historic national treasures.  The terracotta tiles, which decorate this richly detailed building both inside and out, were individually designed by Waterhouse, depicting species of animals and plants to be exhibited within the museum.  Over time this intricate and detailed work on the outside of the building has become vulnerable to the elements and Avanti’s carefully selected team of conservation specialists have been appointed to restore and safeguard this historically significant building façade for the future.

With extensive experience of detailed terracotta surveys such as Barons Court Station and James Stirling’s Florey Building, Avanti have commissioned 3D scanning and rectified photography for this project. This advanced and informative technology has allowed our team of specialists to carefully record every detail of the terracotta tiling’s condition, scanning the entire façade to produce a clear and precise image from which to work. Through careful analysis of their findings, the team have devised a repair and maintenance plan to protect the façade from future damage.

The first phase of works is now on site.


All Conservation & Regeneration, Conservation & Regeneration, Culture, Design, Exhibitions, Grade I Listed, London – UK, Museums & Galleries, Natural History Museum Project, Pre 1900, UK, Work,

Restoring Alfred Waterhouse's Iconic Building facade

Location Kensington, London

Status Design

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