Conran & Partners is creating a second gallery for the Museum of London, called London Before London, which is scheduled to open in the middle of next year.
The gallery will concentrate on London’s pre-history.
It follows the consultancy’s creation of World City, which opened on 7 December and focuses on the Victorian era. Conran & Partners has been working on both for five months.
World City incorporates an industrial feel to reflect its content and the industrial age in which the gallery is set.
All display plinths are constructed from industrial steel, glass and brick reminiscent of the materials of the age, but act as a neutral backdrop to the exhibits, says a Conran & Partners spokeswoman.
The plinths display huge pieces of equipment, including lathes and horse-drawn carriages. Other exhibits, such as costumes, are displayed near lowered ceilings to protect them from natural light.
The gallery is arranged around three sides of the internal courtyard. Its entrance features one of the red totems that are used as orientation devices throughout the museum.