The Design Museum

The British architect John Pawson is the chief designer and creator of the interior transformation of the former Commonwealth Institute on London´s Kensington High Street. The new 10 000 square meter Design Museum includes primarily two major gallery spaces, a permanent collection display, a restaurant overlooking Holland Park, and an auditorium. As a minimalist type of architect with a focus on the details the rehabilitation is unmistakably Pawson. He has created a series of atmospheric spaces around an oak-lined atrium, with exceptionally skilled woodwork, concealed lighting, floating benches and luxuriously ascetic adjoining rooms. In addition to the overall design OMA have had the architectural and structural expertise, the permanent collection display is designed by Studio Myerscough, a restaurant and members’ room by Universal Design Studio, a Centre for Learning made possible by the Swarovski Foundation, flooring by Dinesen, furniture by Vitra, shelving by Vitsoe, lighting by Concord, a visual identity by Studio Fernando Gutierrez and way-finding by Cartlidge Levene. Photo copyright: Dinesen.