Zaha Hadid to transform Design Museum into an architecture venue - Museums Association

Zaha Hadid to transform Design Museum into an architecture venue

Architect said to be keen to buy London building
The high-profile London-based Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid reportedly plans to turn the Design Museum into an architecture museum.

The building in Shad Thames is for sale ahead of the museum’s relocation to the former Commonwealth Institute building in Kensington by 2014.

Hadid aims to fill the space with a series of contemporary architecture models, according to the Building Design website, which added that the architect made a bid through a private backer. Hadid declined to comment.

A museum spokesman said: “The story in Building Design was not endorsed by the Design Museum. We are talking to a number of parties regarding the sale of the building and hope to make an announcement in due course.”

Proceeds from the sale will go towards the £80m cost of the new museum building. The Design Museum has occupied the Shad Thames site since 1989, with the Conran Foundation owning the lease.  

Hadid has designed the new Serpentine Sackler gallery, which is scheduled to open in the autumn.

Her other museum projects include the Maxxi museum of 21st-century art in Rome and the Riverside Museum in Glasgow.

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