Design Museum’s new building in London’s Kensington area has been awarded the 2018 European Museum of the Year. In November 2016, the museum moved to its current location, a 1960’s modernist building renovated by John Pawson and works from such well-known names as OMA, Allies and Morrison, and Arup Architecture.
The new building offers three times more space than its former location in Shad Thames London and includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a free permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, an auditorium, studios, a library, an archive, and new learning facilities.
After a humble start in the V&A Museum’s basement, the Design Museum moved to a former banana ripening warehouse on Shad Thames. The current building revolves around a central atrium which features a hyperbolic paraboloid concrete roof spanning the length of the building. The elevated parts on the opposite sides mimic a winged structure. Event spaces and the museum shop are arranged around the main atrium, while the 200-seat auditorium is in the basement for public programmes and lectures.
The Design Museum also features a permanent collection display designed by Studio Myerscough, a restaurant and members’ room by Universal Design Studio, a Centre for Learning contributed by the Swarovski Foundation, flooring by Dinesen, furniture by Vitra, shelving by Vitsoe, lighting by Concord, a visual identity by Studio Fernando Gutierrez and way-finding by Cartlidge Levene.
Photos: Luc Boegly + Sergio Grazia