Nov 18, 2016

Inside London's New Design Museum

Ahead of the opening of the New Design Museum designed by John Pawson, we bring you full images
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Originally slated for completion in 2014, the Design Museum is finally set to reopen in its spectacular new building on 24th November. Designed by architectural designer John Pawson, the Grade II listed former Commonwealth Institute building in South Kensington has been transformed into a 10,000 square metre museum - triple the space in the previous Shad Thames location.

This extra space will be used to hold a permanent collection and two temporary exhibitions at the same time.
Inside the transformed building a huge atrium sits underneath a distinctive hyperbolic paraboloid roof with the £20 million interior fit completed by Willmott Dixon Interiors.

To celebrate the opening there will be two exhibitions: Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World curated by Justin McGuirk and the ninth edition of the always excellent Designs of the Year.

In addition to the exhibition spaces the building will host the Swarovski Foundation Centre for learning, the Sackler Library and Archive, a Designers in Residence Studio, the Bakala Auditorium, a cafe, restaurant and members’ room.

The former Thames-side building closed in 2016, after being sold to Zaha Hadid Architects in 2013 for around £10 million.