The new Albukhary Foundation Gallery of the Islamic World at the British Museum is now open to the public.
Stanton Williams was commissioned by the British Museum to design the new gallery, situated in two historic, 19th-century spaces at the heart of the museum, which now house its world-class Islamic collection, dating from the 7th century to the present day.
Stanton Williams’ aim was to create a sense of orderliness and clarity through the use of a bold, pared-back layout design that maximises both the impact of the objects and the gallery architecture. At the same time, the galleries are welcoming and convivial, with spaces to gather, rest and pause.
Natural light is introduced into the spaces through five new openings, filtered through traditional, bespoke filigree walnut screens, created by Ahmed Angawi.
The gallery has received five-star reviews from The Guardian, The Daily Telegraph and the Evening Standard.