Visit the new Design Museum before it opens

You won’t have to wait until 2015 to take a tour of the Design Museum’s new South Kensington home, with a virtual tour of the museum available online from next month.

Exterior view
Exterior view

The museum is putting 360º renders, panoramic images and plans of the designs for its new home on online platform Stickyworld, so users will be able to virtually tour the new site.

The museum is moving to a new home at the former Commonwealth Institute in West London’s Holland Park in 2015, with architect John Pawson working on repurposing the Grade II*-listed building.

Entrance foyer
Entrance foyer

The Design Museum’s online tour will give visitors the opportunity to virtually walk from the new museum’s entrance on Kensington High Street, into the atrium and wander down the staircase to the 194-seat auditorium.

They will also be able to visit the first floor – where the Sackler Library and Archive and the Swarovski Centre for Learning spaces will be located – and the second floor, where the restaurant and the permanent display of the museum’s design collection will be housed under the buidling’s hyperbolic paraboloid roof.

Second floor, with hyperbolic paraboloid roof
Second floor, with hyperbolic paraboloid roof

The virtual tour coincides with Open House weekend, and provides an opportunity to see behind the doors of a yet-to-be-completed project.

You can visit the museum at between 10am and 5.45pm GMT on 22 September.

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