Property development helps to fund new home for UK’s Design Museum

Studios OMA and Allies and Morrison have completed the redevelopment of the former Commonwealth Institute in London, adding three blocks of private housing.

This development has partially funded the protected building being converted into a new home for the Design Museum.

Dutch architecture company OMA partnered with London firm Allies and Morrison to create three limestone-clad apartment blocks called Holland Green around the Grade II*-listed building in Holland Park, Kensington.

Sales of the 56 one- to five-bedroom flats within the development have helped fund the conversion of the 1960s building into a new home for the meuseum. Due to reopen in November, the building will feature an interior designed by John Pawson.

“This is the only project I know where in a way the booming property market has done something for the greater good of London,” said OMA partner Reinier de Graaf, who led the design team.

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