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The Insectarium’s Metamorphosis

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Photo: ©Kuehn Malvezzi (Visualisation Kuehn Malvezzi Le balto)

Winning Submission

Kuehn Malvezzi, Pelletier De Fontenay, Jodoin Lamarre Pratte, Dupras Ledoux and NCK

The project

A unique experience

The Insectarium will become a true biotope in which insects, plants and people can interact and take an interest in one another. In an architectural space that is both a landscape and an organism, the underground and closed spaces, water, shadow and daylight follow and play off one another along a route that plunges visitors into an immersive, sensory experience in the heart of the world of insects.

Technical Aspects

  • materials encouraging the greatest proximity with the insects (water, glass)
  • new immersive space (butterfly house)
  • changes in architectural and museographic scale and perspective
  • individual experience spaces (face-to-face with insects)
  • museum functional spaces (laboratories, greenhouses, breeding facilities, offices)
  • transparent openings revealing the building’s ecological workings and the support processes for the live insects

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