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Dow Jones’ Science Museum lecture hall revamp opens

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The new space has been unveiled alongside a public programme of events

The Science Museum has opened the revamped and newly-named Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre, designed by Dow Jones Architects. The design provides the museum with a space in which it will programme lectures, family shows and a new series of adult events and workshops called ‘The Knowledge’. 

Visitors will also be able to see a new interpretation of Foucault’s pendulum at the entrance to the lecture theatre by Will Yates-Johnson. Yates-Johnson, a multidisciplinary artist and designer, has previously designed and created the exhibit Reflections for the Science Museum’s interactive space Wonderlab: The Statoil Gallery with muf.

Karen Livingstone, Science Museum group director of masterplan and estates, said: ’Dow Jones Architects’ redevelopment of the Science Museum’s Lecture Theatre beautifully fulfils the brief by providing our visitors with a comfortable and modern environment in which to enjoy our events, as well as elegantly highlighting the original architecture of the space.’

Architect’s view

This project creates a new lecture theatre for the Science Museum as well as remodelling the entrance foyer to announce the theatre’s presence. The new entrance is clad in engraved stainless steel sheet, inspired by the string models within the collection that were used as educational tools for the construction of complex geometrical forms. The existing barrel vault of the lecture theatre is revealed and the new space designed to be comfortable and calm, to be used for a wide range of activities and events.

Project data

Start on site
 February 2017
 May 2017
Gross internal floor area
Form of contract Traditional
Construction cost £450,000
Construction cost per m2
Architect Dow Jones Architects
Client The Science Museum
Structural engineer
M&E consultant
 OR Consult
Quantity surveyor Flemming Associates
Project manager
 Flemming Associates
CDM coordinator
Main contractor
Approved building inspector
 London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
CAD software used

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