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John Soane House London

Lincoln’s Inn Buildings, Holborn Museum, London, England, UK – renewal by Julian Harrap Architects LLP

post updated 12 June 2021
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30 Sep 2020
Sir John Soane’s Museum reopens to the public
Sir John Soane’s Museum Reopening

2 Jan 2017

Sir John Soane’s Museum

Renewal Design: Julian Harrap Architects LLP

Shortlisted for Mies van der Rohe 2017 Awards

Mies van der Rohe 2017 Award Nominations

Sir John Soane’s Museum Opening Up the Soane Project Phase 2 & 3

The project brief for the restoration works of the OUT Project was to restore the rooms to their appearance at the time of Soane’s death (1837).

Sir John Soane's Museum in London

John Soane House photos © Gareth Gardner

The artwork and models were to be returned to their original locations. In preparation of this important restoration project the Museum staff carried out archive research to inform the architectural restoration. While JHA were analysing the design of these rooms, new insights were revealed about Soane’s approach.

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Soane’s work in 1835, to create the Model Room, illustrates his fascination with light and manipulation of scale. JHA also undertook on-site investigations and careful opening up work to substantiate proposed modifications. The works prioritised the Soane construction where it was discovered it was re-used in its original location.

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Care was taken to retain all of the original decorative finishes that were discovered giving the reinstated interiors an authenticity and patina of age. New works were implemented using materials Soane would have used informed by plans and historic paintings of the original interiors. The decorative effects were faithfully recreated to complete these magical interiors.

John Soane House image © Julian Harrap Architects LLP

Sir John Soane's Museum London

Sir John Soane’s Museum London – Building Information

Name of work in English: Sir John Soane’s Museum Opening Up the Soane Project Phase 2 & 3
Placement: Nominee
Prize year: 2017
Location: London, United Kingdom
Year completed: 2016 (Year began 2013)
Studios: Julian Harrap Architects LLP
Authors: Lyall Thow (1976 United Kingdom) ; Julian Harrap (2017 United Kingdom) ; Caroline Wilson (2016 United Kingdom) ; Sarah Mckendry (2016 United Kingdom)

Sir John Soane's Museum London Building

Lincoln's Inn Building renewal by Julian Harrap Architect

Project management: Fanshawe LLP
Quantity surveyor: D R Nolans & Co
Structural engineering: Mann Williams
Electrical: The Spencer Clarke Partnership
Not Defined: Taylor Pearce Conservation, The Soane Museum In-House Conservation Department, Helen Hughes (Historic Paint Analysis), Chapel Studios Stained Glass, Charles Brooking
Furniture: Arlington
Conservation Lighting: Charles Marsden-Smedley

Lincoln's Inn Building renewal by Julian Harrap Architects LLP

Sir John Soane's Museum London

Total area: 666
Usable floor area: 212
Cost: 8350
Client: The Trustees of Sir John Soane’s Museum
Client Type: public
Map: LatLng: (51.5169703, -0.11787679999997636)

Sir John Soane's Museum London

19 Jan 2012

Sir John Soane’s House

Dates: 1812-34

Design: John Soane, Architect

Lincoln’s Inn Photos © Adrian Welch, Jun 2007

Sir John Soane’s Museum London building facade
photograph © Adrian Welch

Sir John Soane’s Museum London building
photo © Adrian Welch

Detail of house frontage:
Sir John Soane’s Museum London facade
photo © Adrian Welch

Sir John Soane Museum

Restored Julian Harap

Sir John Soane’s Museum : information from 24 May 2013

19 Jan 2012

Sir John Soane’s Museum Exhibition

Location: Sir John Soane’s Museum, 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London WC2A 3BP, UK

Exhibition at Sir John Soane’s Museum

Stadia : Sport and Vision in Architecture 6 Jul – 22 Sep 2012

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image from Sir John Soane’s Museum

Sir John Soane’s Museum Exhibition

Sir John Soane’s Museum – Information

The Museum: The architect Sir John Soane’s house, museum and library at No 13 Lincoln’s Inn Fields has been a public museum since the early 19th century. On his appointment to the Royal Academy in 1806 Soane (1753-1837) began to arrange his collected books, classical antiquities casts and models so that students of architecture might benefit from access to them.

In 1833 he negotiated an Act of Parliament to preserve the house and collection after his death for the benefit of ‘amateurs and students’ in architecture, painting and sculpture. Today Sir John Soane’s Museum is one of the country’s most unusual and significant museums with a continuing and developing commitment to education and creative inspiration. The museum is open free: Tuesday to Saturday inclusive, 10am-5pm. Also on the first Tuesday evening of each month, 6-9pm. Closed Sunday, Monday, bank holidays and Christmas Eve.

In March 2011 work started on the Museum’s £7m three-year programme of restoration and development, Opening up the Soane and launched a public appeal to raise the final £500,000 needed to complete the project.

Opening up the Soane involves restoration work within the Museum’s Grade I listed interiors that will open up more areas and aspects of the collection to the public, including: Soane’s private apartments which have been closed to the public for 180 years; the Catacomb and Ante-Room; the Tivoli Recess, which was Britain’s first public gallery of contemporary sculpture, will be recreated; and Soane’s Model Room will be restored, allowing the display, for the first time since 1837, of 80 exquisite architectural models – the largest historical collection in the UK and used by Soane for teaching his students at the Royal Academy.

A new Soane Gallery and Shop will be created – designed by Caruso St John Architects. Conservation and visitor facilities will be improved and new oral history and outreach programmes will be developed. The project will also deliver improved access for people with disabilities for the first time with the provision of a new lift, cunningly located in a disused service shaft.

For more information about Opening up the Soane visit or call 020 7440 4263.

Location: Sir John Soane Museum, Lincoln’s Inn, London, England, UK

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Sir John Soane’s House Context

Lincoln’s Inn Fields building : The Old Curiosity Shop
Old Curiosity Shop
photo © Adrian Welch

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photo © Nick Weall

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