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The new Design Museum opens in its new home in London

NOV/2016

After a five-year construction process, the museum opens its new home with a structure that has been transformed for its future role as one of the world’s leading institutions dedicated to contemporary design and architecture.


The project, designed by John Pawson, has now tripled to 10,000sqm from its previous premise in Shad Thames, south-east London. The building includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive and new learning facilities.


OMA, Allies and Morrison and Arup have restored the building’s spectacular concrete roof and distinctive facade. Remodeling the interior, John Pawson—a designer famed for his ability to create simple yet sensuously rich spaces and for his refined use of materials—has created a series of calm, atmospheric spaces ordered around an oak-lined atrium, incorporating key elements from the original structure.


Inside the museum, visitors find themselves in a central atrium with striking views up to the iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof. The stunning concrete roof spans the length of the building, rising on the two opposing corners to create a manta ray-like structure above. Galleries, learning spaces, café, events space and a shop are arranged like an opencast mine around the main atrium, allowing visitors to navigate the space with ease and to discover everything the building has to offer by simply walking up its oak staircases, the circulatory heart of Pawson's design.


The building has two generously proportioned temporary galleries, one on the ground floor, the other on the museum’s lower level. The main attraction on the museum's top floor is the new permanent collection display "Designer Maker User", that displays almost 1000 objects, viewed from the perspectives of designer, manufacturer and user. Materials, textures and colours reference the neighbouring park and create a connection between interior and exterior.


Expected to attract 650,000 visitors in its first year, the Design Museum combines architecture, product design, technology, graphics and fashion to investigate the form, function and meaning of the world around us.


DESIGN MUSEUM

224-238 Kensington High St, Kensington
London W8 6AG, UK

designmuseum.org


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