The new exhibit is located in the newly renovated Naturwissenschaften Ost building on the campus of the ETH. The concept and design connect the existing historical-mineralogical-geological collection with contemporary research done at the institute.
The centerpiece of the exhibition is a tower located in the covered courtyard. The free-standing spiral form of the exhibition tower sets itself confidently apart from the existing building. Analogous to the forces at work below the earth`s surface, the tower spirals up three levels reaching just below the skylight of the inner courtyard. A staircase and a continuous ribbon of showcases connect different levels of the exhibition in a seamless continuum, and guide visitors through the fascinating layers of the earth: from the dynamic processes inside the earth`s core, the treasures hidden below its surface, to the intriguing `archives` preserved in its strata through the ages.