This month London's Design Museum will officially open its new home on Kensington High Street. The project, which has been redeveloped and designed in collaboration with Rotterdam-based practice OMA and London-based studio Allies & Morrison, has seen a Grade II* Listed Modernist monument sensitively restored into contemporary galleries. For John Pawson—who has been commissioned to create "a series of calm, atmospheric spaces" ordered around a large, oak-lined atrium—this scheme marks his first major public work. According to the Design Museum's own narrative of the spaces, "visitors [will] find themselves in a central atrium with striking views up to [an] iconic hyperbolic paraboloid roof." Here galleries, learning spaces, a café, an events space and a shop are arranged like an "opencast mine" beneath the building's iconic concrete roof.
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