Design Museum to open 2016

Shad Thames Design Museum will soon move to its new home at the old Commonwealth Institute Building in Kensington High Street. The original building was designed by Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall and Partners was opened in 1962. Now brilliant local architect John Pawson has created characteristically fabulous light and calm spaces within the restored shell. There was a moment when the original Grade II* listed building was nearly demolished as the Commonwealth could get far more money for the land for development, but English Heritage, RBKC and others objected and saved it.606_980-B2A659C8-7969-4022-8E05-0A463141FBF0-1 The land and the building were sold for £4.32 million in 2007, a far cry from the £300 million the Trust hoped they would raise if they sold the land. Some of the original building was made from donations from Commonwealth countries. The famous hyperbolic paraboloid roof  is coated in copper donated by the Northern Rhodesian Chamber of Mines. Entry to the new £80 million design museum, which is three times larger than the Shad Thames one,  will be free and will be open for you to enjoy next year.  This is a really good website  … designmuseum

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