Photos by Helene Binet
The Design Museum has opened the doors to its new home on Kensington High Street. Designed by John Pawson, the new building has tripled the size of the museum to 10,000sqm. Following an £83 million investment and five years of construction, the new building includes two major temporary gallery spaces, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, auditorium, studios, library, archive, new learning facilities and its free permanent collection.
Housed in a landmark grade II listed modernist building from the 1960s, it's a sensitive retune that befits the Design Museum's status as the world leading institution dedicated to contemporary design and architecture.
The Design Museum, which was founded by Sir Terence Conran, opened in 1989 on the site of a former banana ripening warehouse on Shad Thames. The museum has hosted many acclaimed exhibitions including shows celebrating the work of Lord Richard Rogers, Thomas Heatherwick, Dame Zaha Hadid, Dieter Rams, Ettore Sottsass, Sir Paul Smith, Christian Louboutin and Sir Kenneth Grange.
John Pawson said of the building: "There are ‘moments’ in the building that I relish every time I walk around, but I think it is really the way everything comes together – the new and the old – that gives me the greatest pleasure. I hope the Design Museum shows people that you don’t have to tear down and start from scratch to make exciting new cultural spaces."
The first two temporary exhibitions at the new museum have also opened. Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World consists of a series of major new commissions by some of the most innovative practitioners in design and architecture. The exhibition seeks to explore a broad range of issues that have come to define our times including: networked sexuality, sentient robots, slow fashion and settled nomads. Fear and Love: Reactions to a Complex World is on until 23 April.
Beazley Designs of the Year, now in it's ninth year, celebrates design "promotes or delivers change, enables access, extends design practice or captures the spirit of the year." The exhibition runs until 19 February.
For more information and to book tickets, visit the Design Museum website.