Museum of the Home development @ the Geffrye
I received this by email from the Geffrye museum:
We are delighted to announce the appointment of David Chipperfield Architects to take forward their masterplan for an ambitious development scheme. Support from the Heritage Lottery Fund for this project was announced in May 2011.
The Museum of the Home development will make the Geffrye a centre for learning and discovery about not just the physical nature of home but also the ideas meanings and values which are expressed through home. The project includes the creation of a new library learning and exhibition spaces and the enhancement of the Geffrye’s existing public areas addressing circulation issues and embracing the new Hoxton Station directly behind the museum. It will provide approximately 2500 square metres of additional space on land owned by the museum immediately adjacent to the existing buildings and fronting onto Cremer Street and Geffrye Street.
The Geffrye’s director David Dewing says: “This is an important and challenging journey for the museum and we are delighted to be working with David Chipperfield and his team on this exciting project. Their approach is thoughtful clear and highly professional. David Chipperfield Architects show great confidence in their ability to resolve the complicated and sensitive planning and design issues involved with creating innovative interventions whilst maintaining the quality and integrity of the Geffrye’s existing buildings and gardens”.
The achievement of the Museum of the Home development plan during 2014-15 will be a fitting celebration for some very important anniversaries: 400 years after namesake Robert Geffrye’s birth in 1613 300 years after the opening of the Geffrye Almshouses in 1714 and 100 years after the opening of the Geffrye Museum in 1914.