BUILDING STARTS ON NEW DESIGN MUSEUM
To mark this historic moment in the development of the Design Museum, a time capsule will be buried in the foundations of the new building. Leading
figures in the world of design and architecture have been invited to nominate an object to be included in the capsule. They include the museum’s Design Circle members, Zaha Hadid, Sir Paul Smith, Norman Foster and Cecil Balmond, as well as Sir Terence Conran and John Pawson.
A major donation for the new museum from the newly created Swarovski was also announced today to mark the important occasion. The
donation will create a world-class Learning Centre for design, enabling the museum to expand and enrich its learning provision threefold through an inspiring design-led education programme for schools, colleges and universities, families, young people, adult learners and professional designers.
Designed by John Pawson, the new Design Museum, which will be the world’s leading museum of its kind, is planned to open in 2015. The move
will give the museum three times more space, free access to its unique collection and bring it into Kensington’s cultural quarter where it will join the
V&A, Science Museum, Natural History Museum, Royal College of Art and Serpentine Gallery.
The museum has made great progress toward raising the necessary funds to complete the new Design Museum project, having secured £36.3 million
to date in pledges and donations from: The Atkin Foundation The Conran Foundation, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, The Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, the Garfield Weston Foundation, The Hans and Marit Rausing Charitable Trust, the Arnold Foundation, the J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust, Sir Siegmund Warburg’s Voluntary Settlement, the Swarovski Foundation, The Wolfson Foundation, The 29th May 1961
Charitable Trust, and a number of generous individual benefactors. The Heritage Lottery Fund awarded the project £4.65m in July 2012.
Chelsfield, developer of the whole site, has donated the building and land valued at £15 million, together with £20 million towards the cost of
redeveloping the building.
TIME CAPSULE CONTENTS:
European Union flag
One Euro coin
USB containing images of jazz and blues music album covers, including
John Coltrane and Bing Crosby
Sir Paul Smith
Isle of Man, London 2012 Olympic Games stamps designed by Paul Smith
Sir Terence Conran
Tin of anchovies
A bottle of Burgundy
London 2012 Olympic Torch designed by Barber Osgerby
Team GB cycling helmet
Badoiiing game, 2012 winner of the museum’s Design Ventura competition
for 13-16 year-old D&T students
Image of Battersea Power Station
Model of the MAXXI museum in Rome designed by Zaha Hadid
Book by Patrik Schumacher, The Autopoiesis of Architecture, Vol.1: A New
Framework for Architecture
1949 Wish Bone Chair (miniature model) for Hans J. Wegner for Carl
Hansen and Son
Cylinder Line Coffee Pot designed by Arne Jacobsen
Lockheed Lounge (miniature model) designed by Marc Newson
Thomas Heatherwick and Ingo Maurer
Standard light bulb
The Mayor for London
Artists’ Tube Maps designed by Tracy Emin
Vivienne Westwood London Fashion Week 2012 memorabilia
Location: Design Museum, Kensington High Street, London W8 6NW