The former Commonwealth Institute on Kensington High Street, which once welcomed over 500 school children to its exhibitions per day, has been closed to the public for nine years. The Design Museum will be taking over the building and opening it to the public as the site of their new home in 2014.
In the mean time, we are delighted to have been given the task of creating a tour that makes the design and engineering behind the wonderful and complex structure of the Commonwealth Institute building accessible and engaging to the public.
The impressive hyperbolic parabola roof that sweeps away from you wherever you stand, was designed by Robert Matthew Johnson-Marshall and Partners and represents the experimentation characteristic of 1950s and 60s engineering and architecture.
The Commonwealth Institute will be opened up over the Open House weekend, 17th-18th September. To see the amazing roof and learn more about the building, you cab book a place on one of the tours during the Open House weekend.
The Open House weekend is the last chance to see this incredible building, in its original internal configuration. Book your by visiting www.designmuseum.org