Museum announces shortlist for grounds design competition

21 November 2013

Redesign project moves to next stage as teams are chosen to submit proposals.

A major competition to re-imagine the grounds of the Museum was announced two months ago, in conjunction with Malcolm Reading Consultants.

Five teams have now been chosen from the entrants and invited to submit their proposals. The teams are:

Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) with Martha Schwartz Partners (landscape)

Grant Associates with Feilden Clegg Bradley Studios (architect)

Niall McLaughlin Architects with Kim Wilkie (landscape)

Land Use Consultants (LUC) with Design Engine (architect)

Stanton Williams Architects with Bradley-Hole Schoenaich Landscape Architects (landscape)


The redesign of the Museum's grounds must be able to accommodate the needs of more than 5 million visitors who pass through every year.

The project will aim to create an innovative exterior setting that matches the architectural excellence of the iconic nineteenth-century site, while ensuring that the Museum grounds remain easily accessible to  visitors.

Good response 

Director of the Museum Dr Michael Dixon said, ‘We are delighted with the architectural community’s response to the project and are eager to see the design proposals that aim to enhance the world-class setting of the Museum.  We look forward to working with the winning team.'

Architect and competition organiser Malcolm Reading said the brief for the design stage was challenging, but he was confident that the chosen teams had the breadth of expertise to deliver an integrated response.  

'The Museum is one of the world’s great institutions,' he said. 'We now have a shortlist of designers of world-class status and capability.’

Competition details

For full details of the competition, visit the Malcolm Reading website. The winning team will be announced in February 2014, following a public exhibition of the entries.