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Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Iris van Herpen have wrapped the Naturalis Biodiversity Center in over 1000 meters of delicate concrete friezes that merge fossil forms with the fabric of the designer’s collections.

Neutelings Riedijk Architects and Van Herpen collaborated to design the extension to the natural history museum in Leiden, the Netherlands, which is the couture fashion designer’s first full-scale architectural project.

“I thought of the beautiful work of marble sculptors like Gian Lorenzo Bernini and the way they captured soft pleated silk in stone so beautifully and so delicately,” said Van Herpen.

“The intention really was not to go away from my couture process too much, but instead to still it, and to disembody it,” she told Dezeen.

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