Architects / Designers: Wilkinson Eyre
The new extension for the Wellcome Collection designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects has recently been completed. Describribed by the organisation as “a free visitor destination for the incurably curious”, the Wellcome Collection explores the connections between medicine, life and art in the past, present and future. Some of the exhibit highlights include a mummified man from Peru estimated to be 600 years old, an elaborately decorated torture chair made from blades and Napolean Bonaparte’s toothbrush.
Due to a surge in visitor numbers, the architects were commisioned to transform the venue and create up to 30 percent more gallery space while doubling the capacity for public events. The Allesley, Finsbury, Long Eaton and Hyde Ranges were selected to furnish a dedicated youth events studio; a space that “will offer an activity space for people aged 14-19 to engage with and produce work that contributes to the Wellcome Collection programme.” We’re delighted to have been asked to contribute as well.