The new Design Museum is the result of an £83 million transformation of a listed landmark building from the 1960s and reflects most of Pawson’s characteristics with a palette of oak, stone and white paint. Straight lines and right angles are used as a continuous theme and the pleasant feeling inside the museum is enhanced by the wooden floors and the extraordinary stairway both made of Dinesen Oak, providing the surfaces with a warm glow and linear texture. The long and wide solid planks, which are Dinesen’s trademark, emanate calmness and simplicity. Combined with the natural elegance of the material, these qualities are entirely in keeping with the minimalist idiom for which John Pawson is world-famous.
A crucial relationship
The partnership with John Pawson through almost 25 years is highly valued by Dinesen, and both parts take a pride in cooperating to find the most optimal solution on every project whether it is concerning a public building or a private home. This can also be seen at the new Design Museum where oak planks are used in a wide range of widths and lengths in an effort to utilise every single oak tree as efficiently as possible.
With the new Design Museum John Pawson has done a remodeling of the interior of the former Commonwealth Institute building. The project has increased the museum’s size threefold and will enable a significantly extended learning programme and a greater range of exhibitions. The new Design Museum will open on 24 November 2016 and is expected to attract over 600,000 visitors a year.