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.’
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.
Start on site
Completion May 2017
Gross internal floor area 210m2
Form of contract Traditional
Construction cost £450,000
Construction cost per m2 £2,150
Architect Dow Jones Architects
Client The Science Museum
Structural engineer Momentum
M&E consultant OR Consult
Quantity surveyor Flemming Associates
Project manager Flemming Associates
CDM coordinator BBS
Main contractor Coniston
Approved building inspector London Borough of Kensington and Chelsea
CAD software used Vectorworks