Museum of London launches competition to create new home 6/3/2016

The Museum of London is launching a £200k competition, funded by the Mayor of London, to find an architect to create its new home on the site of Smithfield market.  The 25,000 square metre area consists of the vacant Fish Market, the Red House and the Engine House as well as the market itself. The design must preserve these while adding modern interventions. Architects with a turnover above £2m are invited to apply: a shortlist of five will then be invited to produce designs. Museum of London Director Sharon Ament said “I cannot wait to see schemes for West Smithfield from designers working in all four corners of the globe. The challenge of sympathetically reinventing a series of fascinating and wonderful buildings and reimagining them as a museum is big, a bit scary and terribly exciting, much like London itself.”  The first round deadline is 15th March 2016 and a final choice from shortlisted designs will be made in the summer. Museum of London (dedicated competition website)