Science Gallery London Building, Great Maze Pond

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Science Gallery London Building

Former Boland House: New Architecture at Great Maze Pond, England – design by LTS Architects

15 + 13 Oct 2018

Science Gallery London Building News

Design: LTS Architects

Location: Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond, London, SE1 9GU, England, UK

LTS Architects Completes Science Gallery London

LTS Architects has completed work on Science Gallery London, a ground-breaking new public space where art and science collide.

Housed within a wing of the original Guy’s Hospital, opposite London Bridge Station, the space provides exhibition galleries, a lecture and performance theatre, events facilities, a café, shop and newly restored Georgian courtyard.

Science Gallery London Building exterior

Photos : Peter Landers Photography

LTS Architects was appointed by client, King’s College London to create a flexible, adaptable space, with clear navigation. The architectural response opens up the building, positioning the main entrance within the streetscape, rather than inside the courtyard, and carving out a large glazed opening from the masonry façade to act as a ‘shop front’ revealing the exhibitions and activities within.

Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond

The interventions are sympathetic to the original building, using the same palette of materials as the listed façade, yet stretching and moulding them into an entrance sequence formed of contemporary architectural elements. A long cast stone seat wall draws visitors into the Gallery from the north and completes the Portland Stone plinth of the building. The goods lift tower, fundamental to the workings of the gallery, is placed within the street, cloaked with dynamically edge lit lasered glass panels.

Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond

Inside the volumes are open and continuous with spaces that can be lit, closed off or opened up at the whim of a curator. This enables ultimate flexibility so that the galleries can change their aspect completely from one exhibition to the next. The ground floor, which is used as a café space and shop by day can be reconfigured with ease to turn into an events space at night.

The Courtyard, previously used as a car park, is now a fully restored and accessible public square.

Science Gallery London Building interior

Greg Shannon, Director, LTS Architects, said:

“Our sensitive refurbishment is a key part of the redevelopment of the vibrant and rapidly changing London Bridge area, providing a major new addition to the cultural landscape of the city.”

“Working closely with the teams from King’s College London and the Science Gallery we have created this new platform for art and science conversations – great for Southwark, for London and for anyone visiting our city.”

LTS Architects worked closely with Arup Lighting and LDA Design to deliver the project.

The free to enter gallery will open to the public on 21 September 2018 with its first exhibition HOOKED – delving into the complex world of addiction and recovery.

Science Gallery London Building interior
photo : Peter Landers Photography

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About LTS Architects

LTS Architects is an award-winning architecture practice based in Bermondsey, London. Since being recognised by the Architecture Foundation as being one of ‘Britain’s Best Young Architectural Practices’ LTS has gone on to develop a diverse body of work with a portfolio that includes the world’s first institute of Palliative Care – The Cicely Saunders Institute, new teaching and learning spaces for King’s College London, the Shree Swaminarayan Temple, the award-winning ‘Hidden’ House in South-West London and a commercial development on Mount Street, Mayfair.

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Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond

About Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London (SGL) is a space where art and science collide. The gallery connects art, science and health to drive innovation in the heart of the city. A flagship project for King’s College London, the Gallery focuses on engaging 15–25-year-olds in cutting-edge research in science, art and design. Through exhibitions and events, Science Gallery London brings together scientists, artists, students and local communities in new and innovative ways to stimulate fresh thinking.

The new permanent Gallery is projected to attract 300,000 visitors per year. The gallery programme will feature three themed seasons each year, incorporating exhibitions, events, performances, live experiments, open discussions and festivals – all with scientific engagement at their core. Science Gallery London is a key development in King’s College London’s cultural strategy, supporting the university’s vision by working in partnership with artists and cultural organisations in London and beyond.

Science Gallery London, Great Maze Pond

About King’s College London

King’s College London is one of the top 10 UK universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2018/19) and among the oldest in England. King’s has more than 29,600 students (of whom nearly 11,700 are graduate students) from some 150 countries worldwide, and some 8,000 staff. King’s has an outstanding reputation for world-class teaching and cutting-edge research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), eighty-four per cent of research at King’s was deemed ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’ (3* and 4*).

Since our foundation, King’s students and staff have dedicated themselves in the service of society. King’s will continue to focus on world-leading education, research and service, and will have an increasingly proactive role to play in a more interconnected, complex world. Visit our website to find out more about Vision 2029, King’s strategic vision for the next 12 years to 2029, which will be the 200th anniversary of the founding of the university.

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About Science Gallery International

At the vanguard of the STEM to STEAM movement, Science Gallery International is leading the creation of the world’s first university-led network dedicated to public engagement with science and art, igniting the creative potential of young people globally to tackle the world’s biggest challenges.

Science Gallery International represents, supports and connects the network of Universities which drive the Global Science Gallery Network. Through its galleries, pop-up programmes and touring exhibitions, the Global Science Gallery Network has reached millions of 15 to 25-year-olds with inspiring and participative transdisciplinary programmes featuring emerging research and ideas from the worlds of art, science, design and technology.

Following the pioneering founding of Science Gallery at Trinity College Dublin, Science Gallery at King’s College London is poised to open in autumn 2018, and galleries are currently in development at the University of Melbourne, the Indian Institute of Science, Ca’ Foscari University of Venice, Michigan State University (Detroit) and further expansion into Latin America and Africa is planned by 2020.


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