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Top firms vie for new Museum of London project

Top firms vie for new Museum o...
The BIG entry stands out from the crowd with its arched facade and large display
The BIG entry stands out from the crowd with its arched facade and large display
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Lacaton & Vassal Architects' team also included Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, Allies and Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates – their combined entry reflects the local vernacular in West Smithfield
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Lacaton & Vassal Architects' team also included Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, Allies and Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates – their combined entry reflects the local vernacular in West Smithfield
The BIG entry stands out from the crowd with its arched facade and large display
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The BIG entry stands out from the crowd with its arched facade and large display
Caruso St John Architects, along with  Alan Baxter Associates, depicts large gallery spaces with its submission
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Caruso St John Architects, along with  Alan Baxter Associates, depicts large gallery spaces with its submission
Diener & Diener Architekten is working with Sergison Bates Architects, Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility – their combined entry is light and airy
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Diener & Diener Architekten is working with Sergison Bates Architects, Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility – their combined entry is light and airy
Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim
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Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim
Studio Milou architecture, with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alam Baxter Associates submitted this concept, which is filled with artefacts and sports a high vaulted ceiling
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Studio Milou architecture, with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alam Baxter Associates submitted this concept, which is filled with artefacts and sports a high vaulted ceiling
The BIG-led team also includes Hawkins\Brown, Donald Insall and GehlArchitects
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The BIG-led team also includes Hawkins\Brown, Donald Insall and GehlArchitects
Caruso St John Architects, along with  Alan Baxter Associates, depicts large gallery spaces
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Caruso St John Architects, along with  Alan Baxter Associates, depicts large gallery spaces
Diener & Diener Architekten is working with Sergison Bates Architects, Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility – their combined entry is light and airy
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Diener & Diener Architekten is working with Sergison Bates Architects, Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility – their combined entry is light and airy
Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim on the inside 
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Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim on the inside 
Studio Milou architecture, with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alam Baxter Associates submitted this concept, which is filled with artefacts and has a high vaulted ceiling
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Studio Milou architecture, with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alam Baxter Associates submitted this concept, which is filled with artefacts and has a high vaulted ceiling
Lacaton & Vassal Architects' team also included Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, Allies and Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates – the team's entry reflects the local vernacular
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Lacaton & Vassal Architects' team also included Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio, Allies and Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates – the team's entry reflects the local vernacular

The Museum of London has outgrown its current digs at the Barbican Estate and is set to relocate to the city's West Smithfield area by 2021. A shortlist of six potential designs for the new museum were recently unveiled, including submissions by BIG, Caruso St John Architects, and Studio Milou.

The new site will enable the Museum of London to double its visitor capacity (currently at 1 million per year) and display never-before seen works that are currently languishing in storage due to space constraints.

As the project is in its early stages, no significant information has been shared regarding the six designs. However, we can still get a clue of the direction each design is headed thanks to the images made available. The team led by Denmark's BIG (or the Bjarke Ingels Group), for example, stands out from the crowd with a large arching facade that features a display.

Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim
Stanton Williams, with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A produced this concept, which looks a little like NYC's Guggenheim

Stanton Williams also catches the eye with a central staircase and large white domed roof (shown above) that brings to mind NYC's Guggenheim Museum.

Each of the designs will be available for the public to view at the current Museum of London until August 5, following which a panel of judges will pick a winner later this year. Planning permission will then be sought next year. You can check out each one in the gallery.

Source: Museum of London

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