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Growing steel structures. Growth, what is that?

05.04.2022 at 14:00 by Lucandrea Baraldi

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The ideal spot for the Herron. The Voice of Urban Nature

21.03.2022 at 10:33 by Herman Kossmann

Slowly towards the opening on the 8th of February! Our Land

01.02.2022 at 17:34 by Remco Swart

Together with photographer Sander van den Bosch, we are measuring and photographing all floors of the palace. Visitors will soon be walking on 'invisible' carpets, in order to experience the original atmosphere of the rooms as fully as possible. Paleis Het Loo

26.01.2022 at 12:54 by Robin Schijfs

After all those days at home behind a screen, it is very nice to finally do some hands-on experimenting with projections and different layers of transparent fabrics... Nature

07.12.2021 at 17:33 by Pauline Fer

Work in progress for Museum Sophiahof. In progress…

02.12.2021 at 17:28 by Remco Swart

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Work in progress for a children's tour Work in Progress

25.11.2021 at 09:35 by Annika Jacobs

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Barefoot in an exhibition? Together with the Stapferhaus, we are looking at what this means for the perception of the visitors... Nature

24.11.2021 at 18:23 by Robin Schijfs

With a few kickoff days (and nights) in the mountains of Switzerland, we have firmly started the draft design for the new Nature exhibition at the Stapferhaus! Nature

30.09.2021 at 11:09 by Robin Schijfs

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Super exiting moment discovering the panels of the « 4 visions on the Anthropocene » box we made for the Vienna Biennal 2021! Work in Progress

12.05.2021 at 12:00 by Lea Chenot

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A big empty space, right before installing all exhibits at WeTheCurious! Project What If

01.02.2021 at 12:19 by Ina Meininghaus

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Safety vs. functionality: looking for the best headphones to use in a factory Expedition HVC

07.01.2021 at 17:39 by Roel Bolhuis

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The new temporary exhibition in House of European History is 'under construction' Fake (f)or Real

07.01.2021 at 17:32 by Tsur Reshef

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The last steps before the Coronel Pavilion at the Portuguese-Israeli Cemetery Beth Haim is opened! Coronel pavilion

29.11.2020 at 14:30 by Remco Swart

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All in good hands with Fiction Factory Museum of the Mind

07.11.2020 at 17:32 by Femke Bijlsma

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"Who Cares?" The first model for a personal story in the upcoming exhibition on the Mind Museum of the Mind

20.08.2020 at 11:45 by Robert van der Linde

Visiting Paleis Het Loo together with Ina, to get an impression of the new exhibition spaces that are currently under construction. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:08 by Robin Schijfs

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Very slowly, the new 'inside' of the east wing of Het Loo Palace is becoming visible. Paleis Het Loo

22.06.2020 at 14:06 by Robin Schijfs

On view

Celebrating
Diversity

Life

Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden (NL)

Life is one of the two permanent exhibitions that we created for the renewed Naturalis Biodiversity Center. We designed the exhibitions without showcases, so you can almost touch the animals. It’s a journey that takes you upwards, from the bottom of the deep sea to high up into the clouds. The first glimpse is overwhelming and the further you travel, the more animals you meet. As the path winds upwards between the animals, it looks like your fellow visitors become part of the exhibition too.

Location
Leiden (NL)
Client
Naturalis Biodiversity Center
Year
2019
Surface
500 m2
Status
Permanent
Role
Concept, spatial design, graphic design, art direction
Team
Niels de Jong (lead), Mark de Jong, Martijn Sas, Remco Swart, Roel Bolhuis
Construction
Kloosterboer
Light design
HeinzLoopstra
Film, animation
Shosho
Changing connections

The meandering path creates ever-changing perspectives that show you different views and connections. At first you might look up at an elephant, and later look through its legs. Just like the animal kingdom, the set-up features a great contrast between large and small, and shape and color. Synchronized light, sound and film bring everything to life.

Inspire first, then inform

In Life we turn the traditional exhibition structure upside down: the visitor becomes the exhibition. First we make you part of life on earth – in the sea, on the ground, and in the air. Then we offer more in-depth information for you to read. In Life you realize how beautiful, varied and vulnerable nature can be. And that we ourselves are an inseparable part of it.

‘If you remove this protective layer between spectator and object, something happens on an emotional level.’

Niels de Jong

Lead designer – KDJ

Awards

European Museum of the Year Award 2021

Winner