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London Diary - New Design Museum

Chris Stowers

A school trips to the old Commonwealth Institute was part of the cause for those of us old enough to remember this stunning building. A famously leaky roof and many years later the news that the Design Museum was to move out of Shad Thames and in to its new home just off Kensington high street was course for celebration. 

The building itself is considered  the second most important modern structures in London by English Heritage followed only by the royal festival hall on south bank. 

Architect John Pawson has been responsible for a 80 million make over to convert the old building to house the new Design museum which will house its permanent collection free to the public for the first time as well as giving a platform to showcase exhibits that will continue to inspire and inform. 

Despite mixed review I was very impressed with the aesthetics of the re-fit and found the architecture of the interior quite beautiful without detracting from the stunning roof, with that being said there is no escaping the fact that it is not the best use of space and I would strongly suggest to get there early as the permanent collection, shop and ground floor cafe can get very cramped when busy.