The Natural History Museum’s new Darwin Centre in London, UK, is set to open next week.

The new centre design by Danish practice CF Møller Architects features a 65m-long, eight-storey Cocoon at the centre of the building – the largest sprayed concrete, curved structure in Europe.

The centre will showcase 3.3km of cabinets that hold millions of plants and insects.

The state-of-the-art scientific research and collections storage facility will offer space that can be used by over 200 scientists at a time and will safeguard 17 million insect and three million plant specimens.