Museum of London has just unveiled six architects' ideas to revive Smithfield Market

 
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The market could end up looking like this (Source: Museum of London/Stanton Williams)

The dilapidated Smithfield Market has lain empty for the past 20 years - but it could be about to be given a new lease of life after the Museum of London, its new owner, unveiled six designs for its regeneration.

In July last year City A.M. revealed that the City of London was in talks with to buy Smithfield Market for £34.6m to become the Museum of London's new home.

The Museum has now revealed early-stage design concepts for the Victorian market, which will go on display at an exhibition today, and will be judged by a panel of figures from the worlds of the arts, media, property, architecture and business. The winning concept will be announced later this summer.

"Every time I visit Smithfield I come away buzzing with ideas and the energy of the place," enthused Sharon Arment, the Museum of London's director.

"It is clear from their concepts for a new museum that the architectural teams have been equally captivated by Smithfield’s vivid history and vibrant character."

The shortlist:

1. BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group

2. Caruso St John Architects

3. Diener & Diener Architekten

4. Lacaton & Vassal Architects

5. Stanton Williams

6. studio Milou architecture

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