Science Gallery London
Blending science, art and technology, Science Gallery London is a new permanent cultural venue for King’s College London.
Designed by award-winning architecture practice LTS Architects, Science Gallery London is a vibrant, creative hub where rigorous scientific research is made accessible to visitors young and old through innovative installations and a diverse programme of exhibitions and events. It is home to exhibition spaces, an auditorium, a café and a shop.
The venue sits on the site of Boland House, part of the historic 18th century Guy’s Hospital in London Bridge. It also overlooks undeveloped Georgian courtyard in London which has been transformed from a car park into a newly-landscaped public square. The courtyard is also available for hire.
The complex project involved balancing a simple, functional brief with the complexities and demands that are traditionally associated with working in listed buildings. The design from LTS has opened up the building thanks to a main entrance on the streetscape with a glazed façade that offers a glimpse into the exhibitions inside. The palette of materials used matches the original listed facade.
King’s academic research is central to Science Gallery London’s purpose. Professor Edward Byrne, President & Principal of King’s College London said:
“King’s Science Gallery London represents a new vision for the role of the university in the 21st century. It will take critical new research on urgent issues beyond the university walls and bring them to life through science and art. Science Gallery London will see new collaborations between artists and scientists challenge the status quo and capture the imagination of King’s local communities, students across the capital and visitors young and old.”
Work commenced in April 2016 with Interserve Paragon acting as the main contractor. It was completed in September 2018.
Science Gallery London will host three seasons a year and its inaugural exhibition HOOKED delves into the complex world of addiction and recovery. From gambling to gaming and smartphones to social media, HOOKED questions what makes the human race vulnerable to addiction and interrogate the underlying factors and routes to recovery.
To find out more, please visit www.london.sciencegallery.com.
LTS Architects is an award-winning architecture practice based in Bermondsey, London. LTS has developed a broad and diverse portfolio of projects, including the world’s first institute of Palliative Care – The Cicely Saunders Institute, the Shree Swaminarayan Temple and the ‘Hidden’ House in South-West London. For more information, please visit www.lts-architects.co.uk.