Serpentine Pavilion architects BIG are among six practices shortlisted to design the new Museum of London building at Smithfield market.
The cultural centre, currently by the Barbican, revealed last year that it would be moving into the Grade II*-listed Victorian market site as a new home and invited proposals for its transformation.
Architects Caruso St John, Diener & Diener, Lacaton & Vassal, Stanton Williams and Studio Milou join the Bjarke Ingels Group on the shortlist. All the projects embrace the adaptive reuse of the West Smithfield site, which encompasses the general market and fish market.
‘Every time I visit Smithfield I come away buzzing with ideas and the energy of the place,’ says Museum of London director Sharon Ament.
‘It is clear from their concepts for a new museum that the architectural teams have been equally captivated by Smithfield’s vivid history and vibrant character.’
The proposed move will allow the museum to double the number of visitors through its doors.
A judging panel – chaired by Dragons’ Den host Evan Davis – will pick a winner later this summer. In the meantime, a public exhibition of the six concepts will go on display at the Museum of London’s existing Barbican home until 5 August.
The museum will then submit a planning application in 2017 once a final design has been set, and expects its new home to be ready by 2021.
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