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Caruso St John

Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood . London

© Hélène Binet

Caruso St John Architects . photos: Will Pryce © Victoria and Albert Museum of Childhood . + divisare

The Museum of Childhood, part of the V&A’s family of museums, is well known for the quality of its collections and for its educational activities within the East End of London. Caruso St John worked on a phased plan to improve the facilities of the building and to refresh the display of its collections. The original listed building has an extraordinary history, its iron structure was first built in west London, on the site of what is now the main V&A building, to house displays from the Great Exhibition of 1851. It was later dismantled and rebuilt with new facades in east London. A lack of funds at the time meant that the architect’s full plans for the front of the museum were never carried out, leaving the building without the proper entrance and front-of-house facilities that a modern museum requires. Continue reading Caruso St John

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Caruso St John

Sir John Soane’s Museum . London

Caruso St John . Sir John Soane's Museum . London (1)

Caruso St John Architects . photos: © Hélène Binet . + Architectural Review

The interiors of Sir John Soane’s Museum are characterised by an enormous and engaging variety made up of objects, furniture and space. Soane’s genius is as much about a splendid organisation of light and space, as it is about a connoisseur’s eye for precious objects and an ability to bring seemingly disparate things together. We are working within the restored interiors of four rooms in No 12 Lincoln’s Inn Fields to make new exhibition galleries, a new interpretation gallery, entrance facilities and a shop. Continue reading Caruso St John