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Science Museum picks Dow Jones for new lecture theatre

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Dow Jones Architects has been appointed to design the new Hans Rausing Lecture Theature at the Science Museum in Kensington, London

The project will be paid for by a donation from Tetra Pak billionaire Hans Kristian Rausing, and dedicated to his father, Hans Rausing KBE, in celebration of his 90th birthday.

Dow Jones won the commission ahead of a shortlist of firms which included Walters & Cohen.

A statement from the museum said: ‘Dow Jones Architects were selected for the high quality of their elegant and innovative designs, which make a point of highlighting the original architecture of the space.’

In July, Duggan Morris won a separate competition to design a new event space for the Science Museum, ahead of a shortlist featuring Alison Brooks Architects, Originate, RCKa, and Wright & Wright.

A new interactive galley for the museum, designed by Muf Architecture/Art is due to open to the public in October.

The Hans Rausing Lecture Theatre is scheduled to open in May 2017.

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