Zaha Hadid purchases iconic London museum site

Zaha Hadid has purchased the London Design Museum’s original building which was established in 1989. The Design Museum plans to transfer to a larger new site at the Commonwealth Institute in West London by 2015. Once complete, the new site promises to offer three times the amount of exhibition space and attract 500,000 visitors annually.

Zaha Hadid plans to use the space to contain her practice’s archive and use it occasionally as an exhibition space. “The building will give an opportunity to consolidate our archive in a single location,” she said, “and also engage in a collective dialogue by exhibiting the research and innovation of global collaborations in art, architecture and design.”

In a press release provided by the Design Museum, Zaha Hadid said: “This important acquisition of the Shad Thames site will preserve its significance and we look forward to the future use and occupation of the building.”