Introducing The New Design Museum in London

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The New Design Museum in London opens its doors to the public today, after more than 10 years in the making. The newest renovated spot has three times the size of its previous home. The interiors, part conversion, and par refurbishment, were re-imaged by the hands of British architect John Pawson.

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Originally completed in 1962, the Commonwealth Institute was designed by Robert Matthew, Johnson-Marshall & Partners. It became a listed property in 1988 and had been vacant since 2002. It was in 2008 when international architecture practice OMA proposed to preserve and repurpose the iconic building (and its surrounding area), which was claimed by the Design Museum in 2008.Introducing The New Design Museum in London design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 2 620x620

A landmark of post-war British architecture, the Commonwealth Institute’s renovation took five years of hard construction, and far longer in the planning.

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As part of the construction work, the original concrete floors of the building were removed – a process which required floating the parabolic roof on a temporary steel structure – and the original facade was replaced with a double-glazed skin, improving its insulation whilst maximizing the amount of daylight entering the building.Introducing The New Design Museum in London design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 4 620x409

The original stained glass windows by Keith New remain, filling the shop with color and light.

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Known as a master of minimalism, John Pawson is acclaimed for his refined residential projects. Having joined the project in 2015, Pawson’s signature simplicity is striking from the start. Museum in London design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 6

large central atrium opens up with striking views of the triangulated concrete roof, panning out towards the corners like a giant butterfly. Large oak staircases guide visitors around the museum’s many spaces, including galleries, learning spaces, a cafe, Parabola restaurant and shop.Introducing The New Design Museum in London design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 11 620x409

Two temporary galleries – one the ground floor, the other on the museum’s lower level – will host up to seven paid exhibitions per year. On the museum’s top floor, the museum’s new permanent collection, Designer Maker User, will be free to visit for the first time, displaying almost 1,000 objects.Introducing The New Design Museum in London design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 7 620x409

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You can join the Design Museum as it reopens its doors in a stunning new home in Kensington, west London. This Weekend Open features free workshops, installations, talks and performances for all ages.introducing-the-new-design-museum-in-london-9 design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London Introducing The New Design Museum in London 9 620x409

You can also be among the first to see the opening exhibitions – Beazley Designs of the Year and Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World exhibitions. design museum Introducing The New Design Museum in London bb casegoods 750

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