The Design Museum revealed plans to make the world’s leading museum of design and architecture at the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington, London. Designs for the site have been developed by 2 of the world’s most innovative architectural practices: John Pawson has redesigned the interior of the Grade 2* listed building and OMA has planned the surrounding residential development.
The relocation will grant the new Design Museum to become a world class center for design, raising British talent and its international determine on all kinds of design.
It brings the museum into Kensington’s cultural quarter, where it will join the V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery, creating a platform for the promotion and support of the next generation of creative talent. The new building will open to the public in 2014, giving the Design Museum three times more space to showcase its unique collection.
The museum aims to double its visitor numbers to 500,000 a year, and will greatly expand its education and public events programme with state of the art facilities. The 1960s Commonwealth Institute building has lain dormant for over a decade. Its refurbishment will give a neglected London icon a new life and purpose and will revitalise an important area of West London.