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Which is your favourite? See the shortlisted designs for the Museum of London's relocation

If you’d like a preview of how the Museum of London might look in the future, the wait is over as the six shortlisted designs have been revealed.

The proposed design for the new Museum of London by the Bjarke Ingels Group with Hawkins Brown, Donald Insall and Gehl Architects.
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by the Bjarke Ingels Group with Hawkins Brown, Donald Insall and Gehl Architects. Image: The Museum of London

The institution has outgrown its current home at the Barbican Estate and is set to relocate to the West Smithfield area of London by 2021. It will take over a group of historic Victorian buildings that were formerly part of Smithfield Market.

Caruso St John Architects with Alan Baxter Associates
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by the Caruso St John Architects with Alan Baxter Associates. Image: The Museum of London

Currently attracting a million visitors per year, it put out a call for talented and creative architects to help it adapt the old buildings to meet the needs of a 21st century museum, while also preserving their rich history.

Lacaton & Vassal Architectes and Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio with Allies & Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by the Lacaton & Vassal Architectes and Pernilla Ohrstedt Studio with Allies & Morrison and Alan Baxter Associates. Image: The Museum of London

Each of the six shortlisted designs will be available for the public to view at the museum’s current home until 11 September, and a panel of judges will pick a winner later this year.

Diener & Diener Architekten and Sergison Bates Architects with East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by the Diener & Diener Architekten and Sergison Bates Architects with East Architecture and Graphic Thought Facility. Image: The Museum of London

A total of 71 architectural firms from all over the world applied to be considered, and the shortlisted six have already separately designed many stunning buildings. These include the Danish Maritime Museum in Helsingor, the Museum of Natural History in Berlin, and the Palais de Tokyo in Paris.

Studio Milou Architecture with RL & Associés, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates.
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by Studio Milou Architecture with RL &; Associés, Axis Architects and Alan Baxter Associates. Image: The Museum of London

It is estimated that the enlarged new site will enable the museum to double its visitor capacity, and will allow it to display previously unseen works that are currently in storage.

The proposed design for the new Museum of London by Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&amp;L Gibbons and Plan A. Image: <a href="http://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/">The Museum of London</a>
The proposed design for the new Museum of London by Stanton Williams with Asif Khan, Julian Harrap, J&L Gibbons and Plan A. Image: The Museum of London