Architect: Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners
Client: The British Museum
Project completion: 2017
The Northwest Development Project is designed to provide a new, independently accessible, Special Exhibitions Suite, comparable in size and quality to the best available in London today. In addition The International Conservation and Science Institute will bring together in new accommodation the laboratories, conservation studios, workshops and offices of the Department of Conservation, Documentation and Scientific Research which are currently dispersed over the Bloomsbury estate and beyond.
A purpose-built Logistics Hub with a loading bay for the reception and dispatch of objects will link to a new suite of stores, workshops and loan facilities. A major addition to the Museum’s collections storage which will allow, among other objectives, the consolidation of the Museum’s anthropological collection to Bloomsbury, much of which is organic.
A new Energy Centre will initiate the Museum’s programme for achieving a site-wide source of sustainable energy. In developing the proposals, the client sought advice from a specially established access group facilitated by DBA.
RIBA London Award 2017
Nominated for the RIBA Sterling Prize 2017
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