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Science Gallery London

Science Gallery London is a ground-breaking new public space where art and science collide.

Housed within a wing of the original Guy’s Hospital, opposite London Bridge Station, the space provides exhibition galleries, a lecture and performance theatre, events facilities, a café, shop and newly restored Georgian courtyard.

LTS Architects was appointed by client, King’s College London to create a flexible, adaptable space, with clear navigation. The architectural response opens up the building, positioning the main entrance within the streetscape, rather than inside the courtyard, and carving out a large glazed opening from the masonry façade to act as a ‘shop front’ revealing the exhibitions and activities within.

The interventions are sympathetic to the original building, using the same palette of materials as the listed facade, yet stretching and moulding them into an entrance sequence formed of contemporary architectural elements. A long cast stone seat wall draws visitors into the Gallery from the north and completes the Portland Stone plinth of the building. The goods lift tower, fundamental to the workings of the gallery, is placed within the street, cloaked with dynamically edge lit lasered glass panels.

Inside the volumes are open and continuous with spaces that can be lit, closed off or opened up at the whim of a curator. This enables ultimate flexibility so that the galleries can change their aspect completely from one exhibition to the next. The ground floor, which is used as a café space and shop by day can be reconfigured with ease to turn into an events space at night.

The Courtyard, previously used as a car park, is now a fully restored and accessible public square.

 
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Status: Built
Location: London, GB
Firm Role: Architect
Additional Credits: Client King's College London
Main Contractor Interserve Paragon
Structural Engineer WSP
M&E Engineer WSP
PM for Design & Tender Lendlease
PM for Construction GSCI
CDM Co-ordinator Turner & Townsend
Landscape Architect LDA
Heritage Consultant Alan Baxter Associates
Quantity Surveyor Turner & Townsend
Lighting Designers Arup Lighting
Fire Consultant Astute Fire
Archaeologist Pre-Construct Archaeology
Planning Consultant Deloittes Planning Services
Enabling Works Contractor Deconstruct
Transport Consultant TTP Consultants
Acoustic Consultant Hann Tucker
Wayfinding Design Atelier / Why Brow
Approved Building Inspector MLM

 
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography
Peter Landers Photography