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Key Built Environment Developments in the British Capital, England, UK

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We’ve selected what we feel are the key examples of London Museum Buildings. We aim to include projects that are either of top quality or interesting, or ideally both.

We cover completed London Museum buildings, new building designs, architectural exhibitions and architecture competitions across São Paulo and Brasil. The focus is on contemporary buildings but information on traditional buildings is also welcome.

We have 2 pages of London Museum Architecture selections with links to many individual project pages.

London Museum Buildings : news + key projects A-I (this page)

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Architecture News – latest additions to this page, arranged chronologically:

11 Aug 2020
Imperial War Museum London Atrium with Ai Weiwei Artwork, Lambeth Rd, SE1 6HZ
Imperial War Museum London building UK
photo courtesy of Imperial War Museum, Lambeth
Imperial War Museum London Atrium
In an historic event at the IWM London’s iconic Atrium the entire space has been taken over by an artist. Internationally renowned Ai Weiwei’s ‘History of Bombs’ is a site-specific work that explores a two dimensional rendering in exacting detail of fifty true to scale bombs and missiles.

27 May 2016
Natural History Museum, South Kensington
Design: Alfred Waterhouse
Natural History Museum London Transformation
Design: Níall McLaughlin Architects
Natural History Museum London design
image courtesy of architects
Natural History Museum
Proposals to transform the surroundings of Alfred Waterhouse’s Grade I-listed Natural History Museum have been lodged with the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, reports the Architect’s Journal.

4 Apr 2013
Churchill War Rooms, Imperial War Museum, Clive Steps, King Charles Street, London SW1
Design: Clash Associates
Churchill War Rooms London museum entry
photo : Richard Davies
Churchill War Rooms
A bold and architecturally significant new entrance to IWM’s (Imperial War Museums) Churchill War Rooms, home to the award-winning Churchill Museum and Churchill’s Second World War bunker. The entrance acts as a beacon, highlighting the museum’s unique role in the nation’s history, while improving the visitor experience and way-finding for the public. An exciting addition to London’s architectural landscape, it will contribute positively to the identity and visibility of this historic landmark.

Major London Museums Projects, alphabetical:

British Museum
Dates built: 1823-47
Design: Sir Robert Smirke
British Museum Building
photo © Adrian Welch
British Museum Building
The Museum has a rich architectural heritage, the site has developed and grown at each stage of its history.

British Museum Great Court
Dates built: 1994-2000
Design: Foster & Partners
British Museum Great Court
photograph © Keepclicking
The courtyard at the centre of the British Museum was one of Londons long-lost spaces. Originally an open garden, soon after its completion in the mid-nineteenth century it was filled by the round Reading Room and its associated bookstacks. Without this space the Museum was like a city without a park. This project is about its reinvention.

British Museum Building Extension
Dates built: 2009-
Design: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
British Museum World Conservation and Exhibitions Centre |
photo : Joas Souza
British Museum Building Extension
The £135 m project will be the largest development onsite since the Great Court opened in 2000. This development will transform an under-utilised section of the site in the north west of the Museum, situated adjacent to the impressive King Edward VII Building which was completed in 1914.

Darwin Centre, Natural History Museum, west London
Date built: 2009
Design: C. F. Møller Architects
Darwin Centre London museum building
photograph : Torben Eskerod
Darwin Centre
The brief for the building had three key objectives: to provide a home for 20 million plant and insect specimens, to provide a working area for the research scientists and to enable the public to interact with the scientists and the collections. This has been achieved by providing visitors with an opportunity to go on self-guided tours in and around the cocoon, which gives glimpses of the research facility and the extent of the collections.

Geffrye Museum Redevelopment, east London
Dates built: 2009-
Design: David Chipperfield Architects
Geffrye Museum
photo : Geffrye Museum
Geffrye Museum
David Chipperfield was announced as the winner of the design competition in 2009. A Heritage Lottery Fund application was made in the same year.

London Science Museum, South Kensington
Dates built: 2009-
Design: Wilkinson Eyre
Museum of the Future Building
picture from architect
London Science Museum
Expected to be completed in 2015, Museum of the Future is an architectural vision for the Science Museum that includes important new and updated galleries. With around 15,000 objects on public display, the Science Museum’s collections form an enduring record of scientific, technological and medical change from the past few centuries.

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Victoria & Albert Museum Jewellery Gallery
Design: Eva Jiricna Architects
V&A Jewellery Gallery
photograph : Katsuhisa Kida

V&A Museum Women’s Amenities
Design: Glowacka Rennie Architects
V&A Museum Women’s Amenities
picture © Arch Image Photography

Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
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V&A Gallery London : image by Morley Von Sternberg

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