The new Museum of London will be topped by a huge dome which will create a beautiful light-filled entrance, as shown in these winning designs for the building.
The designs for the museum have been unveiled following a six-month international competition to find the team to design the museum's new home at Smithfield. It was announced today that the winner is Stanton Williams and Asif Khan, working together with conservation architect Julian Harrap and landscape design consultants J&L Gibbons.
The designs include innovative spiral escalators which will lead visitors down to the exhibition galleries in a vast excavated underground chamber.
There will also be flexible spaces that can serve as a new meeting place for London, and a centre for events and debate; plus a sunken garden, and green spaces to provide pockets of quiet.
There was firm consensus among the jury that Stanton Williams and Asif Khan presented a concept that had a strong sense of cohesion, and which honoured the original market buildings.
Museum of London director Sharon Ament said: "Now we have Stanton Williams and Asif Khan on board the hard work begins, and I cannot wait to get started. Over the coming months we will work together to design a new museum for London and Londoners which will be one of the top visitor attractions in the capital."
The new museum is due to open in 2022.