Dippy Is Moving Outside In New Natural History Museum Extension

By James O Malley on at

London's Natural History Museum has announced plans for a major new extension, that will carve out new underground exhibition space and see the museum's famous diplodocus, nicknamed Dippy, moved to an outdoor habitat.

Deezeen reports that Niall McLaughlin Architects has been appointed to build the extension, that will also add new entrance areas, a public plaza and a wildlife garden.

The plan appears to centre on the gardens that surround the core of the museum - with new basements (or cloisters, if you're fancy) being constructed on the corner of the museum between Cromwell Road and Exhibition Road. It's here that a new entrance from the Tube station tunnel will also be constructed.

The eastern grounds will apparently be landscaped as a "geological timeline", showing how Earth has changed - and it is here that Dippy will live. This new 'habitat' should provide an answer to anxious on-lookers, who have been worried about his fate following the announcement last year that his place in the museum's main hall is being taken by a massive whale instead.

And finally, the western 'wildlife garden' is being retained and expanded - and will apparently now focus on species that thrive in cities. So if you've ever wanted to see what a pigeon looks like in real life, now you'll know where to go.

The new extension is due to open in 2020, assuming the architects aren't working on a geological timescale. [Deezeen]