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<img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/eb/ebf2c755ab8d74d5abce98565e948bae.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Science Gallery London is a ground-breaking new public space where art and science collide.
Housed within a wing of the original Guy’s Hospital, opposite London Bridge Station, the space provides exhibition galleries, a lecture and performance theatre, events facilities, a café, shop and newly restored Georgian courtyard.
LTS Architects was appointed by client, King’s College London to create a flexible, adaptable space, with clear navigation. The architectural response opens up the building, positioning the main entrance within the streetscape, rather than inside the courtyard, and carving out a large glazed opening from the masonry façade to act as a ‘shop front’ revealing the exhibitions and activities within.
The interventions are sympathetic to the original building, using the same palette of materials as the listed facade, yet stretching and moulding them into an entrance sequence formed of contemporary architectural elements. A long cast stone seat wall draws visitors…