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The UK’s Design Museum and John Pawson invite design enthusiasts around the world to tour the museum’s future home in Kensington via an innovative digital portal.



September 11th, 2013

On Sunday 22 September, the new Design Museum will give access to the vast project via an online platform called Stickyworld, some two years before the actual doors will open.

Visitors will be able to virtually explore the new museum thanks to immersive 360 degrees renders, panoramic images and plans, using the online tool, at terminals located in the current museum at Shad Thames (founded in 1989 by Sir Terence Conran), or from the comfort of their home by logging on to a specially built website.

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“The site offers the opportunity to virtually walk from the new museum’s entrance on Kensington High Street, into the atrium and wander down the staircase to the 194-seat auditorium, or up to the first floor – where the Sackler Library and Archive and the Swarovski Centre for Learning spaces will be located – and the second floor, where the restaurant and the permanent display of the museum’s design collection will be housed under the hyperbolic paraboloid roof that uniquely characterises the building,” the Design Museum today released in a statement.

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Interactive also, visitors will be able to leave their mark on the virtual space by leaving digital ‘sticky notes’ with comments and ideas about the museum’s plans for its new home. Coinciding with London’s Open House weekend, the launch will provide an alternative way to visit the Grade II listed former Commonwealth Institute building, which is currently being repurposed by renowned architect John Pawson.

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The new Design Museum will be three times the size of the current museum and will host a wider range of exhibitions and an enhanced learning programme, as well as showcasing the museum’s permanent collection of design, which will be accessible free of charge for the first time.

The new museum is due to open to the public in Kensington, London, in 2015.

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Images © Alex Morris Visualisation


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