Update on the Geffrye Museum’s New Development


Exterior of Geffrye Museum in autumn by Jane Lloyd

Exterior of Geffrye Museum in autumn by Jane Lloyd

Entered 15 April 2014

The Geffrye Museum commissions Wright & Wright Architects to design new development

The Geffrye Museum of the Home has announced the next phase of its capital development project, with the appointment of Wright & Wright Architects to lead the design of its transformative scheme.

With record visitor numbers of over 110,000 people last year, the museum is keen to opening up its buildings, gardens, archives and collections for all to enjoy. The museum will provide much better opportunities and access for its visitors, as well as ensuring the museum is sustainable for future generations.

The development will create new spaces for the museum’s unique collections and library, a gallery, café and conference facilities, as well as revitalise existing public spaces.  A new entrance opposite Hoxton station will also greatly improve access to the museum for visitors.

David Dewing, Director of the Geffrye Museum, said “We are very excited to be taking our development forward again in our centenary year.  Wright & Wright Architects are an excellent choice for the museum; they have a strong record of award-winning work with heritage buildings, sensitive sites and complex problems. They are listeners and have the interests of visitors, users and the general public at heart. We are confident they will take enormous care to preserve the wonderful and unique qualities of the Geffrye whilst introducing new elements that are essential for the museum’s future.  We are looking forward to working in partnership with our local and wider communities over the next stages of the development to ensure the Geffrye is well founded to serve all of its visitors for the next 100 years.”

Wright & Wright’s appointment follows a highly competitive tender process, with around 140 expressions of interest and over 50 applications from national and architectural practices.  The shortlist included Alison Brooks Architects, Haworth Tompkins, Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects and van Heyningen & Haward Architects.  The Wright & Wright scheme will build on the principles of the masterplan originally designed by David Chipperfield Architects in 2010.

2014 marks two major milestones in the Geffrye’s history: 100 years since the museum opened and 300 years since the opening of the almshouses.  A programme of events throughout the year celebrates the centenaries, including the special exhibition useful + beautiful: contemporary design for the home, which highlights the work of leading and emerging designers and celebrates one of the museum’s original purposes – to inspire the local furniture-making industry. (29 April – 25 August). Further information

Further information on the Geffrye Museum Development

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