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Big names in running for Science Museum job

A star-studded list of names including Zaha Hadid, Amanda Levete, Haworth Tompkins, and Caruso St John is in the running to design two new gallery spaces for London’s Science Museum

Seven practices are up for the £13.5million medicine gallery project, namely: Amanda Levete’s practice AL_A; Rick Mather Architects; Haworth Tompkins; Caruso St John; Wilkinson Eyre; Gareth Hoskins; and Muma.

Set to open on the first floor of the museum in 2018, the new medicine galleries will almost double the size of the current Glimpses of Medical History and Science and Art of Medicine Galleries on the fourth and fifth floors.

Meanwhile the shortlist for the museum’s £5million mathematics gallery includes Zaha Hadid, Adam Richards, Hugh Broughton, Carmody Groarke, Casper Mueller Kneer and Universal Design Studio.

The new exhibition space, which is set to open in 2016, will display the work of mathematicians from the turn of the 17th century to the present day.

The Science Museum’s vision is to create the world’s greatest centre for the understanding of medicine through a ground-breaking suite of new galleries.

Mathematics gallery shortlist

  • Casper Mueller Kneer
  • Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Hugh Broughton Architects
  • Carmody Groarke
  • Adam Richards Architects
  • Universal Design Studio

Medicine gallery shortlist

  • Muma
  • AL_A
  • Rick Mather Architects
  • Haworth Tompkins
  • Caruso St John
  • Gareth Hoskins Architects
  • Wilkinson Eyre

The winning architects for both schemes are expected to be announced in August.

The two schemes are the latest to be revealed as part of the Science 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.

Last month Coffey Architects won the contest to design a new £1.8 million library and research centre for the museum.

Planned to open by 2015, the new public facility will occupy the ground and first floors of the museum’s Wellcome Wolfson Building, completed by MJP at the turn of the millennium.

A new £16million gallery focussing on the ‘Information Age’ by Universal Design Studio is currently under construction and planned to open in the autumn.

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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

Visit the myTenders website to register interest in this project and obtain additional information

Contact details

Anna Dejean
Masterplan Projects
Science Museum Group
Science Museum,
Exhibition Road
London
SW7 2DD
UNITED KINGDOM
Tel: +44 2079424000

 

 

 

 

 

 

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