Caruso St John Architects

2009–2012
Location: London, UK
Client: Sir John Soane's Museum
Project Status: Built

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.

This work is intended to provide a seamless mediation between drawings, objects, interpretation, merchandise and the ‘room’. The furniture, cabinets and linings required to ‘furnish’ these rooms are intended to be brought into a balance with their specific positions within the narrative of the Museum, with the material detail of the restored rooms, and finally with their use. These new interventions have the lightness and wit that characterise the rest of the Museum.