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Chipperfield scoops Geffrye extension contest

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David Chipperfield Architects will masterplan a 2,500 sq m extension to the Geffrye Museum in East London

The practice, which beat a five-strong shortlist including Wilkinson Eyre, Dixon Jones and Stanton Williams, will now prepare outline designs to RIBA stage B that will include a new library, learning and exhibition spaces, and improved visitor access and circulation on land owned by the museum adjacent to the Kingsland road site.

‘We anticipate a design which is challenging, innovative and eye-catching,’ said David Dewing of the Geffrye Museum.

The Geffrye is a walk-through museum that ‘depicts the quitessential style of English middle-class living rooms’ from 1600 to the present.

The master plan by David Chipperfield Architects will form part of an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund in September 2010.

The Geffrye will seek to appoint architects for the remainder of the project in February 2011 or soon thereafter, subject to the outcome of the application.

The museum aims to complete the project in 2015.

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