Adaptive reuse of Icon provides a beacon for London’s design scene

Nick Myall
Thursday 17 Nov 2016

Listed building given new lease of life creating a new home for London’s Design Museum

The London Design Museum opens its new home on Kensington High Street on 24 November. Housed in the former Commonwealth Institute, a modernist icon from the 1960s, the new premises emerge through the combined efforts of OMA, Allies and Morrison, Arup, and John Pawson. 

Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum: “Reinier de Graaf and the OMA team have created a handsome setting for the Design Museum with their residential buildings that give the museum a context and point of reference. They have expertly negotiated the transformation of Robert Matthew Johnson Marshall's project, to John Pawson's creation of the museum”

Reinier de Graaf: “In conceiving a future for one of London’s modernist buildings, we pay tribute to a period that continues to inform contemporary architecture. The Design Museum is flanked by the new residential blocks; like discreet servants, their restrained, orthogonal geometries pose a contrast to the dramatic hyperbolic lines of the historic exhibition hall’s roof.”

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