The Garden Museum

Client: The Garden Museum
Project status: Ongoing


  • RIBA Award 2009, Shortlisted
  • Building Design Magazine Architect of the Year Award - Refurbishment 2010, Winner

Redevelopment and extension of the Garden Museum, London.

A new building inside a listed church
In November 2007 we won an invited competition to redevelop the Garden Museum in London. The completed project opened to the public in November 2008 to great critical acclaim.

The Garden Museum is housed in a listed former church. We designed a two-storey structure that wraps around the aisles of the existing building. The new structure creates new galleries for the permanent collection and for temporary exhibitions, and an education room.

Strategically, the Belvedere allows the different activities of the Museum to each have a dedicated place and to be able to operate independently. This has allowed the Museum’s wide range of events - workshops, talks and plant sales - to flourish.

The Garden Museum was shortlisted for an RIBA award 2009. We are currently working on a second phase of redevelopment.

Structural Engineer


Services Engineer

Buro Happold

Lighting Designer


Quantity Surveyors

Pierce Hill

Graphic Designers

Sarah de Bondt

Timber fabricator



‘Sustainability In Interior Design’, in: Portfolio Skills (2012201220122012) , ISBN 978-1-85669-814-6

‘Museums and Sustainability: Practice Examples’, in: Newsletter of the European Museums Organisation 2010 (1 August 2010)

Biba Dow and Alun Jones, ‘Architects Inspirations’, in: Building Design (London: September 2009) Read article at (£)

‘Divine Intervention’, in: Better Interiors (London: 1 May 2009)

‘Garden Museum London’, in: Igloo Habitat (London: 1 May 2009)

‘The Garden Museum London’, in: Museums Journal (London: 1 May 2009)

‘New Identity For Garden Museum’, in: Mark Magazine (London: 1 February 2009)

‘Simply Does It’, in: Mark Magazine (London: 1 February 2009)

‘Respectful Design’, in: Domus Magazine (Rozzano, Italy: 1 February 2009)

‘At One With Nature’, in: The Spectator (London: 17 January 2009)

‘Spruced up and simple’, in: The Financial Times (London: 14 January 2009)

‘From Heaven to Earth’, in: Build - On (Berlin, Germany: 2009200920092009) , ISBN 978 3 89955 259 1

‘Cultivated Aesthetic’, in: Building Design (London: 12 December 2008)

‘Annual Architecture Review’, in: The Daily Telegraph (London: 12 December 2008)

‘New Garden Museum Takes Root’, in: Evening Standard (London: 31 October 2008)

Ellis Woodman, ‘Earthy Delights’, in: Building Design (London: 30 November 2007)


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