Science Museum seeks architects for two new galleries
London’s Science Museum is on the hunt for architects to design a new mathematics gallery and an interactive gallery
The two projects – both planned to open in 2016 – are the latest schemes to be announced under the museum’s revised redevelopment masterplan.
Drawn up by an in-house team supported by Metaphor, the new vision replaces Wilkinson Eyre’s £150 million masterplan which was shelved following the appointment of the museum’s new director Ian Blatchford in 2011.
Together the two latest refurbishment projects will transform one third of the prestigious South Kensington museum’s total floor area.
The £5 million mathematics gallery will focus on the ‘stories, tools and ideas’ behind mathematics from the 17th century to the present.
According to a museum statement: ‘The Science Museum’s world-class mathematics and computing collections, and uniquely broad science, technology and engineering collections, will be harnessed to tell powerful stories with authentic artefacts about real people and phenomena.’
The deadline for expressions of interest is 30 May. Shortlisted teams will be invited to respond to the design brief and a winner will be appointed this summer.
The £4 million interactive gallery – replacing the museum’s family-friendly Launch Pad attraction – will be a ‘sophisticated, welcoming and inspiring’ space focussing on the ‘awe and wonder’ of science and maths.
‘Building on the success of Launchpad it will include new exhibits and large-scale, immersive experiences to get more people excited about science and challenge their perceptions of it,’ according to the museum.
The deadline for expressions of interest is 11 June. The winner of the two-stage procurement process will be announced in late summer.
Karen Livingstone, director of masterplan and estates at the Science Museum Group said: ‘This is an opportunity to help shape public galleries that will inspire a generation and contribute to the renewal of this great museum.’
She continued: ‘We want to work with architects with the ideas and creativity to match our vision for this museum and ambition for our visitors, whether that’s practices with a long-standing pedigree in similar projects or dynamic firms looking to make their mark in this field.’
Just earlier this month the Science Museum revealed it was seeking an architect for a £13.5 million medical galleries project.
David Kohn, 6A and Coffey are meanwhile among five shortlisted practices vying to design a £25 million library and research centre.
The new research centre and medical, mathematics and interactive galleries all feature in the £60 million first phase of the museum’s revised redevelopment masterplan.
Projects expected in the second phase include an outdoor sculpture garden and refurbished space exhibition.
A new £16 million gallery focussing on the ‘Information Age’ by Universal Design Studio is currently under construction and planned to open in the autumn.
How to apply
Science Museum Group
Tel: +44 2079424000