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A closer look at the new Design Museum

Deyan Sudjic takes us through the building proposal by architect John Pawson
Maquette of the new Design Museum
Maquette of the new Design Museum




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At the end of January we showed you what the new Design Museum by minimalist architect John Pawson will look like. We've since been sent the video below in which Deyan Sudjic, Director of the Design Museum gives you a better idea of what the new building will look like and the opportunities it will bring when it's unveiled in 2014. The museum is to move from its current east London location to a new site at the Commonwealth Institute building which has been unoccupied for the last 12 years.

The hyperbolic paraboloid roof will be retained as the Sixties modernist masterpiece is remodelled in a £80 million transformation that will treble the museum space and potentially double visitor numbers to 500,000 a year.

“It’s a true icon and example of post war modernism," John Pawson told Phaidon when the design was announced. "For me it’s about retuning the existing architecture so it still feels fresh." Read more and see before and after photos of the new Design Museum how John Pawson will transform the building here.

Find out which tracks John Pawson chose for his Phaidon Muse Music playlist and listen on Spotify here.

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