Assemble Wellcome Collection success
Practice who co-lead Architecture Unit 15 at The Cass to design new gallery for world famous museum
Date: 01 March 2019
Assemble, the Turner-prize winning multi-disciplinary collective who co-lead Unit 15 at The Cass, will design a new first-floor exhibition space at the Wellcome Collection. The new gallery dedicated to "what it means to be human in the 21st century" will open in September 2019.
The Wellcome Collection explores the interfaces of architecture, art, and medicine. The new Assemble-designed gallery will replace the collection's 'Medicine Now' display, which opened twelve years ago.
The new gallery space will feature a variety of exhibits including a jukebox of contemporary songs about epidemics, a DNA sequencer, and a so-called Friendship Bench, used in Zimbabwe to provide mental health counselling.
"It’s fantastic to be involved in the design of a new gallery at the Wellcome Collection," said Joe Halligan of Assemble. “We’re going to use natural materials, colour and inclusive design to create a humane and uplifting space where challenging conversations can happen, and where a wide variety of different visitors feel welcomed. The permanent exhibition will tackle some of the most critical subjects of our times, questioning what it means to be human today.”