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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.