Imperial War Museum

Foster + Partners, London, 2014

 

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Refurbished galleries centred on a new atrium built as the first phase of a long-term redevelopment project for the museum

The architect has revamped the main exhibition spaces, café and shop at the Grade II-listed building in the first phase of the long-term redevelopment masterplan.

The central atrium, which contains the museum’s largest exhibits, is flanked by four storeys of terraced galleries that tell the story of conflict in Britain and the former empire chronologically from 1914 to the present day.

In anticipation of the next phase of work, when an accessible entrance below the existing portico stair will be created, the floor of the atrium has been lowered to the level of the park.

As well as the redevelopment of the galleries both the café, that can now be used outside of the Museum’s opening hours, and the shop have been relocated to the lower entrance level of the building.

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  • Begun: Jan 2010
  • Completed: Jul 2014
  • Floor area: 22,500m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £40M
  • Procurement: Construction management
  • Address: Imperial War Museum, Lambeth Road, London, SE1 6HZ, United Kingdom

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