Asif Khan to design Museum of London

Asif Khan has won a competition to design the new Museum of London inside the city’s old Smithfield Meat Market.

Khan, working with fellow London architects Stanton Williams, was chosen because he proposedy adapting the existing buildings to suit the needs of its new tenants.

Their plans feature a new, high dome, introducing a sense of light and space, as well as a series of spiral escalators, which will transport visitors to and from the museum’s underground exhibition spaces.

These will host temporary and permanent displays, as well as offer rooms for other events, meetings and debates. The museum will also have a new sunken garden, designed in partnership with landscape design consultants J&L Gibbons.

“To have a chance to create a new museum for London, in London, about London, at this moment in time is incredibly exciting for us,” said Khan. “We want the Museum of London to be a museum where everyone belongs, and where the future of London is created.”

This new museum, scheduled to open in 2022, would certainly serve as a fitting counterpoint to London’s new Design Museum, which has also been retrofitted into an existing building by John Pawson.