Science Museum seeks architect for £13.5m medical galleries
London’s Science Museum is on the hunt for an architect for a ‘groundbreaking’ new suite of galleries exploring the history of medicine
The new exhibition will feature interactive displays and ‘participative experiences’ exploring how society has been transformed by medicine over the past 400 years.
The ‘landmark’ project will host material from the museum’s Wellcome Collection – thought to be the most significant medical collection in the world.
It will replace the existing Health Matters and Glimpses of Medical History exhibitions inside the museum’s Richard Allison-designed South Kensington home.
The museum intends to create a ‘unique space for the understanding of medicine, providing the world’s foremost celebration of the history of medicine and medical research and engaging large audiences - national and international - with the social, political and historical contexts of biomedical science.’
According to the tender notice: ‘The new Medicine Galleries will combine the sophistication of the world’s greatest art galleries with the Science Museum’s expertise in contemporary science interpretation to deliver beautiful, collections-focused experiences that explore medicine as a major scientific and cultural force.’
David Kohn, 6A Architects and Coffey Architects are among five rising star outfits currently competing for a £1 million new research centre at the Science Museum.
The refurbishment project is expected to provide a ‘world-class environment for academic research’ and boost links between the museum’s display objects, library and archive collections.
MJP Architects completed an 11,000m² new Wellcome Wing for the museum in 2000.
Between five and seven teams will be shortlisted for the new Medicine Galleries. The deadline for requests to participate is 30 May.
How to apply
Science Museum Group
Tel: +44 2079424000