What to see this week: The Design Museum reopens
New building projects are the meat and drink of modern museum life, the way these institutions re-present their collections, garner publicity and raise money. Usually, the focus is on extending or improving existing accommodation—it’s much less common for museums to move location. That’s what has happened, however, with the Design Museum, founded in 1989 (http://designmuseum.org). Its original premises in a 1930s warehouse on Shad Thames, Bermondsey, SE1, were closed in June and, tomorrow, the new museum, at the former Commonwealth Institute, on High Street Kensington, W8, will open to the public.
The move is the culmination of eight years’ work and the new interiors of this 1960s building have been renovated by a design team lead by John Pawson. OMA was responsible for the overall master plan and has worked in conjunction with Allies and Morrison on the exterior of the new museum. Athena looks forward to enjoying the new displays in this much larger interior.