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Science Museum Smith Centre, Kensington

From sorting office to 'salon of the sciences' events centre

Science Museum Smith Centre.
Science Museum Smith Centre. Credit: Philip Vile

HAT Projects for the Science Museum
Contract value: £3.5m 
GIA: 770m2
Cost per m2: £3,500

The Smith Centre, a series of event spaces for museum patrons and trustees, had been a postal sorting office and loading yard. HAT Projects’ approach was to restore the original architecture – including glazed brickwork, parquet flooring and a dramatic timber-and-glass roof lantern – while adding necessary functionality. A sequence of rooms leads to a partly-sheltered courtyard, linking to the museum’s main concourse via a repurposed undercroft. The interior design combines bespoke  furniture with classic pieces of 1930s design, alongside displayed objects from the collections – among them a spacesuit and a rocket – to create ‘a salon of the sciences’.

  • Science Museum Smith Centre.
    Science Museum Smith Centre. Credit: Philip Vile
  • Science Museum Smith Centre.
    Science Museum Smith Centre. Credit: Philip Vile
  • Science Museum Smith Centre.
    Science Museum Smith Centre. Credit: Philip Vile
  • Science Museum Smith Centre.
    Science Museum Smith Centre. Credit: Philip Vile
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