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Six shortlisted for new Museum of London home at Smithfield

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Caruso St John, Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, and BIG in a team with Hawkins\Brown have been shortlisted to design the Museum of London’s new home in West Smithfield

The practices are joined on the shortlist by France’s Lacaton & Vassal Architects which has teamed up with Pernilla Ohrstedt, who worked with Khan on the Coca-Cola Beatbox for the 2012 London Olympics.

Also in the running in the Malcolm Reading-organised competition are Sergison Bates with Swiss practice Diener & Diener, and a team made up of France’s Studio Milou Architecture and RL & Associés, and the UK’s Axis Architects.

The shortlist in full

  • BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group with Hawkins\Brown, Donald Insall and Gehl Architects
  • Caruso St John Architects with Alan Baxter Associates
  • Diener & Diener Architekten with Sergison Bates Architects, East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility
  • Lacaton & Vassal Architectes with Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio
  • Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A
  • Studio Milou architecture with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates

The shortlisted teams saw off 80 entries from more than 140 practices and were chosen based on their relevant skills and experience, in particular of significant cultural projects.

The competition will create a £150 million new base for the Museum of London in the historic West Smithfield market.

It will focus on regenerating the Grade II-listed Victorian complex and transforming it into a series of contemporary galleries.

Sharon Ament, director of the Museum of London, said: ‘It’s been an intriguing process so far, the range of creative architectural practices who submitted is phenomenal. The shortlist’s mix promises a fascinating next stage when the finalists’ concept designs go on display at the Museum of London this summer. I look forward to hearing the views of Londoners in the run-up to the jury reviewing the designs and choosing the winner.’

Lucy Musgrave, director of Publica and competition juror, added: ‘The site for the new museum is complex and intricate. The shortlist represents an intriguing range of talent, some fresh and inspired collaborations, and reflects the international significance of this competition. Each of the finalists in different ways has created great cultural places in cities around the world, and we’re confident they will do the same for London.’

Alongside the announcement of the shortlist, competition organiser Malcolm Reading Consultants also revealed the full list of judges.

The jury

  • Sonita Alleyne, founder, The Yes Programme
  • Sharon Ament, director, Museum of London
  • Clive Bannister, chair, Museum of London Board of Governors and group chief executive, Phoenix Group Holdings
  • David Camp, governor, Museum of London and chief executive, Stanhope
  • Evan Davis, governor, Museum of London and television and radio presenter (jury chair)
  • Stephen Deuchar, director, Art Fund
  • Robert Mull, architect, former director of architecture and dean of the Cass Faculty of Art, Architecture and Design, and trustee of the Architecture Foundation
  • Lucy Musgrave, director, Publica
  • Michelle Ogundehin, editor-in-chief, ELLE Decoration
  • Jörn Rausing, governor, Museum of London
  • Malcolm Reading, Malcolm Reading Consultants (adviser to the jury) 

The shortlisted practices will now work up their design concepts which are set to be displayed in an exhibition at the Museum of London in the summer.

The museum’s aim is to achieve planning permission, raise the necessary capital funds and deliver the new museum by 2021.

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  • Chris Rogers

    "The site for the new museum is complex and intricate" As is the current one. Not sure the winner's response will match Powell & Moya's original.

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