John Pawson to work on Design Museum’s new home

Architect John Pawson has been appointed to work on the transformation of the former Commonwealth Institute in west London, which will become the new home for the Design Museum.

The practice saw off an international shortlist of architects which also featured David Chipperfield, Haworth Tompkins, Caruso St John, Stanton Williams, Tony Fretton and Dutch practice Claus En Kaan.

Pawson will work alongside Dutch architect Rem Koolhaas’ practice OMA, which is developing plans for residential buildings around the CI structure, now renamed the Parabola. The Design Museum is scheduled to move to the site in 2013.

Pawson will oversee the museum fit-out within the Grade II*-listed building, including creating temporary and permanent exhibition spaces, education, event, catering and retail spaces, an auditorium and associated office storage, circulation, back-of-house areas, plant and plant-related service.

An exhibition designer is set to be appointed this month to work on a semi-permanent installation to display the museum’s collection when it moves to the new building.

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