East End Women’s MuseumShortlisted following an open competition
East End Women’s Museum,
Deft.Space developed initial concept proposals for a permanent home for the East End Women’s Museum, the first women’s museum in the UK, whose primary aim is to promote gender equality through historical and contemporary stories of women. The museum will occupy a ground floor unit in a residential development in Barking.
We proposed an entrance that is natural extension of the public realm and a delineated path in the surrounding landscape. Taking advantage of the active street edge, we designed a layout that would display its internal world to passers-by, sparking curiosity. The size of the museum demands efficient planning and built-in flexibility right from the beginning of use. We approached flexibility from a multi-purpose standpoint, where rooms are sized to allow different uses. To create an inclusive, welcoming space, we have also used the concept of multi-purpose as an approach for designing the ‘left-over’ spaces where people will be able to sit and rest.