London’s New Design Museum Remodelled By John Pawson In South Kensington

Nov 28, 2016

London-based architectural designer John Pawson has remodelled the interior of the former Commonwealth Institute building and new Design Museum in South Kensington.

The conversion has provided the museum with triple the amount of space allocated to it from its previous location in Shad Thames. This abundance of space allows it to simultaneously display its permanent collection in one area and two temporary exhibitions in the others. Alongside the primary exhibition space, the building hosts the Swarovski Foundation Centre for Learning, Bakala Auditorium, Sackler Library and Archive, Designers in Residence Studio, cafe, restaurant, and a members' room.

Furnished by Vitra, the £20-million interior fittings carried out by Willmott Dixon Interiors, permanent display areas designed by Studio Myerscough, visual identity overhauled by Fernando Gutiérrez Studio, lighting devised by Concord, and signage system created by Cartlidge Levene has resulted in this luxe project amounting to £83 million.

The Design Museum shut its gates at its former Thames-side home in June 2016 and sold the building to Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013 at a deal of £10 million!

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