Comments welcome: Museum redesign proposals on display

27 February 2014

The designs of the shortlisted teams competing to re-imagine the grounds of the Museum are now on show.

Five teams of architects and designers shortlisted in November in a competition to redesign the grounds of the Museum have submitted their ideas for a small exhibition in the Museum.

The winning team, to be announced in April 2014, will then work with the Museum to create a final  concept.

Anonymous vision

The drawings and computer-generated images are on display inside the Exhibition Road entrance to the Museum from today until 11 March, but which design belongs to what team will not be revealed until the winner is announced.

Each image is accompanied by a short description of the team's vision for the outdoor space surrounding the Museum.

Comments please

Boxes are available at the exhibition for people to post their comments, which will be considered by the jury.

The competition was announced in September last year in association with Malcolm Reading Consultants.

The jury consists of:

  • Ian Henderson CBE (Chair) – Deputy Chairman of Capco (Capital & Counties Properties plc) and Chair of Natural History Museum Estates and Building Advisory Committee
  • Kevin Rellis – Head of Estates at the Natural History Museum
  • Professor Ian Owens – Director of Science at the Natural History Museum
  • Dr Justin Morris – Director of Public Engagement at the Natural History Museum
  • Malcolm Reading (Adviser) – Chairman, Malcolm Reading Consultants
  • Abbas Barkhordar - Councillor for the Brompton Ward
  • Michael Portillo – Journalist, Broadcaster and former Cabinet Minister
  • Graham Morrison – Partner, Allies and Morrison
  • Sophie Andreae – Former Head of London Division of English Heritage and Chairperson of the Brompton Association
  • Dr Derek Langslow CBE - Former Chief Executive of English Nature and Natural History Museum Trustee

Any redesign of the Museum's grounds must be able to accommodate more than 5 million visitors every year

The aim of the competition is to create an exterior setting that matches the architecture of the famous Museum buildings.