Smithfield is a new piece of the Museum collection : Smithfield is the Museum of London, the Museum of London is Smithfield.

The new Museum of London is built upon the inherent qualities of its site. Its functioning is based on fitting the program into the best available space. It is not an act of force but a delicate adaptation to make the most of what already exists.

Adopting this attitude is to assume the uniqueness of the place and to not dismiss its richness. The principle works are tailored interventions to increase connectivity, favour adjacencies, highlight qualities and improve circulation. Additionally there are moveable systems that allow response to different operations, different collections, different times and different ambitions.

It is all about making of Smithfield a piece of the museum’s collection.


architect: Lacaton & Vassal  |  team: Anne Lacaton, Jean Philippe Vassal, Pernilla Ohrstedt, Allies & Morrison, Alan Baxter associates  |  collaborator: IDEARCH, Marcos Garcia Rojo, Claire Criqui, Olivier Lekien, Cherry Okumura, Emmanuelle Delage, Gaëtan Redelsperger, Cloé Cazade, Antoine Contour, Joseph Dujardin  |  client: Museum of London  |  status: Competition (2016)  |  location: London, united kingdom (51.518220, -0.104484)  |  climate: Oceanic / maritime, Temperate  |  material: undefined  |  environment: Urban  |  visualizer: Studio  |  scale: 24.236 m2 large  |  types: commercial, cultural, market, museum, refurbishment  |  views: 3.373