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Muf, NORD and Grimshaw shortlisted for latest Science Museum job

Muf, NORD and Grimshaw have been named among the finalists in the Science Museum’s contest for a new interactive gallery

Farshid Moussavi, Universal Design Studio and David Kohn complete the six-strong shortlist of outfits vying for the prestigious £4 million job.

Planned to complete in 2016, the new exhibition will be the successor to the museum’s family-friendly Launch Pad and will focus on the ‘awe and wonder’ of science and maths.

Interactive gallery shortlist

  • Muf
  • David Kohn
  • NORD
  • Universal Design Studio
  • Grimshaw
  • Farshid Moussavi

The shortlist is the latest to emerge from the world-famous South Kensington museum which just last week revealed two star-studded shortlists for its medical and mathematics gallery projects.

Architects competing for the £13.5 million medicine gallery include Amanda Levete, Gareth Hoskins and Wilkinson Eyre.

Zaha Hadid, Carmody Groarke and Hugh Broughton are meanwhile among six outfits vying for the £5 million mathematics gallery.

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 all three schemes are expected to be announced in August.

The projects are the latest to come forward 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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