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Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?

Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?
Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?, The Great Court / Fosters + Partners. Image © janis.photo
The Great Court / Fosters + Partners. Image © janis.photo

"They've got the mall. They've got the food court. Now they've got the multiplex." Rowan Moore's latest piece for the Guardian discusses the collaged plight of London's British Museum as Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners (RSHP) complete a large extension of exhibition spaces. Describing it as a "composite Foster-Rogers" building, Moore argues that "a strange distribution of space" coupled with "an inattention to the cultural complexities of the modern museum" have led to "a void, wrapped in a void, with another void to the side." Although he states that "there are many things to like about RSHP's building", the total compilation of spaces, extensions and interventions have led to a museum more like a mall than a house of culture.

Extension - Courtesy of the Guardian / Observer. Image © Antonion Olmos
Extension - Courtesy of the Guardian / Observer. Image © Antonion Olmos
Visualisation of Extension. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Visualisation of Extension. Image Courtesy of Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners

Read Moore's criticisms in full here.

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Has London's British Museum Become a "Mall"?" 01 Jul 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/522514/has-london-s-british-museum-become-a-mall/> ISSN 0719-8884