|C.F. Møller and Partners|
2001 - 2007
Darwin Centre, Phase Two, nests an opaque, rounded form within a transparent,
box-like envelope. The architects saw the rounded form as purely sculptural
at first. Gradually, however, the metaphor of a cocoon inside a glass specimen
container became inescapable.
As the project developed, the architects were forced to modify their initial design. It had been based
on a smooth plaster finish, and they found that this might crack. This led them to run steel reinforcing bands around the central form, giving it a woven appearance more than ever like a cocoon.