The publication of the project is timed to coincide with the 100th anniversary of the museum, which is celebrated this year; at the same time, the renovation plan is part of the Museum of the Future program, which this scientific institute has been implementing in cooperation with architects from Chris Wilkinson's bureau for 15 years. Its goal is to create a bright, memorable image of the museum and attract not only young but also adult visitors there.
Thanks to the reconstruction, which will take place in several stages until 2015, its exhibition spaces and the entire building will be renewed - a neoclassical building from the first third of the 20th century.
From behind the colonnade of the main façade, the Mayak, a rounded volume of glass and steel, will protrude outward, the lower part of which will serve as a projection screen. He will embody the idea that ideas and energy can hardly fit inside the museum and are torn out. The "lighthouse" will be built first, and then the interior will come. The lobby will open into exhibition galleries (including two new ones: "Creating modern communication systems" and "Creating modern science"), as well as visually connecting all levels of the halls with each other so that the visitor can easily navigate inside the museum.
There will also be three new elevator complexes.
Since 2013, the construction of the SkySpace will begin on the top of the building - a space under a golden roof, where an exposition on the theme of cosmology and a cafe will be located.