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Stanton Williams and Asif Khan have been announced as the winners of the competition to design the new Museum of London at West Smithfield. Beating out 70 entries from top firms and a shortlist including BIG, Caruso St. John and Lacaton & Vassal, the winning proposal was selected for its “innovative thinking, sensitivity to the heritage of existing market buildings and understanding of practicalities of creating a great museum experience.” As part of London’s Smithfield Market, the museum will consist of a combination of new construction and adaptive reuse. Emphasizing the need for preservation, Stanton Williams and Asif Khan will work with conversation architect Julian Harrap and landscape design consultants J&L Gibbons to ensure the integrity of the historic site is maintained. “Encountering the historic market spaces for the first time in early April this year, we were ‘blown away’ by the power and physicality already existing, and knew then, that whatever scheme we developed, this physicality needed to be harnessed, and not lost, and that initial observation has inspired our initial design proposals,” said Paul Williams, Director of Stanton Williams. “This project will engage a broad community well beyond London.” View more View full description
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