The Design Museum at Shad Thames closed in June 2016 and moved to its new location in Kensington High Street in Nov 2016. Its new home is the former Commonwealth Institute in Holland Park. I was very keen to see how this building, which was opened in 1962, had been remodelled to accommodate the Design Museum. I visited The Commonwealth Institute in the early 70s. It contained a permanent exhibition about the nations of the Commonwealth and information about how the Commonwealth operated. My impressions of the building remained with me as a huge space that was difficult to fill.
The building had become derelict in recent years due to the enormous cost of extensive modernisation and it was eventually sold in 2002. Major funding contributions from Arts Council England, the Heritage Lottery Fund and Sir Terence Comran meant that the building would be saved and brought to life again. It also means that for the first time access to the Design Museum will be free. It has taken four years to complete the work giving the Design Museum three times more exhibition space as well as more areas to extend its learning programme. So come inside and see what you think.
As you enter the building you are confronted by this large open space giving you glimpses of the roof.
There are balconies overlooking the foyer.
A large stairway takes you up to the galleries.
Before entering the main gallery there is a display of everyday objects nominated by members of the public because they are important or special in some way.
Other items that caught my eye included this piece of felt. This is what's left after tennis balls have been cut out.
With my interest in the Underground then this map has to be my favourite design.