The Centre for Music has been proposed for the site that currently occupies the Museum of London, which is set to move to Farringdon in 2023.
The Centre for Music would be a world-class concert venue bringing together the London Symphony Orchestra and Guildhall School of Music & Drama. It would be located midway between St Paul’s and the Barbican Centre.
The £288 million building features a twisting design by architects Diller Scofidio + Renfro. The centrepiece is a 2000-seat concert hall with an in-the-round layout and seating arranged in pockets.
The building will also include classrooms, rehearsal space, restaurants and bars. It will also feature an apex space called ‘The Coda’ for more intimate events and performances.
There is no indication of when the venue will open. According to Londonist, the venue may not open until 2030. The proposals have not received planning permission or funding, and the Museum of London is not vacating the space until 2023.
The Museum of London will relocate to a new site in Farringdon. Ament said the current site is “one of the least publicly accessible buildings in the world.” The Farringdon site will be designed by architects Stanton Williams and Asif Khan.
With its new building, which may be 24 hours, the Museum of London aims to double its visitor attendance from one million to more than two million and display more of its collection of over six million items, telling the story of London for the last 2000 years.