relocation of the world-famous Design Museum to Kensington High Street took a
major step forward when it announced an opening date of 24 November.
The Design Museum's new home at the former Commonwealth Institute
Dixon’s interiors company is delivering the £20 million fit-out contract to
create the museum’s new home at the former Commonwealth Institute, where it is
transforming the Grade II listed building that has been empty for a decade.
Design Museum’s new home will provide three times more space than its current
location at Shad Thames, and aims to attract 650,000 visitors each year to see
displays that include the first laptop by UK designer Bill Moggridge, the AK47
assault rifle by Russian designer Mikhail Kalashnikov and British road signs by
typographers Jock Kinneir and Margaret Calvert.
Our Interiors team outside the Design Museum's new home
For the first time in the museum’s history it will have a free permanent display of its collection designed by Studio Myerscough and featuring a 6m-long wall of crowd sourced objects.
will also be the world’s leading museum dedicated to contemporary design and
architecture, a creative centre showcasing the UK’s many design skills.
the opening, Willmott Dixon Interiors is creating galleries to accommodate one
permanent and two temporary exhibition areas, as well as modern learning
spaces, a library, auditorium, office areas and restaurant. Of the 10,000m²
space, 400m² will be devoted to learning facilities.
scope of our work over four floors includes:
gallery, a restaurant, members’ room, residency studio and an events space
under the spectacular museum roof.
floor: design and
architecture reference library for students and learning facilities
including design and workshop, seminar rooms, offices and film studio
largest gallery showcasing a varied programme of temporary exhibitions
inspiring and equipping visitors to look and think afresh about design.
- Basement: a lower ground floor gallery
and auditorium to seat 194 people, a collections store, exhibition prep
spaces and a locker area.
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Dixon Interiors chief operating officer Mike Hart:
“This is a high-profile
and prestigious project that will see the Design Museum become one of London’s
biggest attractions when we complete the fit-out, with over 600,000 visitors
expected annually. We are very proud to be delivering this last, important stage
of the museum’s long-term plan for a bigger home, especially as we have a long
track-record restoring listed buildings into modern spaces fit for the 21st