In 2008, Avesta Group implemented its skills to plan the move of the Design Museum, from its existing Thames riverside South Bank a new place in Kensington.
The Design Museum is one of the world’s leading museums devoted to contemporary design in every form from furniture to graphics, and architecture to industrial design. It is working to place design at the centre of modern culture. For 24 years the Design Museum has championed creative thinking and inspired problem solving, celebrating the talent of the world’s best designers and architects.
The museum has welcomed five million visitors, enthralled 400,000 school children, staged over 100 exhibitions, established a leading education programme and built a significant collection of contemporary design.
The success of its contemporary and creative vision has created the opportunity for the building of a new Design Museum. A museum for the 21st century. The best fit for the institution ambitions was to relocate to what was the former Commonwealth Institute on London’s Kensington High Street. This much loved modern landmark from the1960s, a grade 2* listed building, will be carefully restored by John Pawson. It will offer three times more space, for more exhibitions, more learning programmes and a place for the permanent collection. More importantly, it will give the museum a higher voice in championing our future, because, more than ever, the future has to work better.
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