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The Renfrewshire Council of Scotland has selected London-based AL_A to update and redesign the Paisley Museum, in Paisley, Scotland. Slated to cost $56 million ( £42 million), construction will include an addition to the existing Victorian-era building, a new entrance, café and shop, and interior improvements. The institution expects to double the objects on display after the redesign.

"This is one of the most radical briefs I have read," AL_A founder and director Amanda Levete said in a press release. "It triggered in us a desire to tell the untold history of Paisley and search for a narrative thread that will drive the design. The project is bigger than the building itself and I am excited to re-imagine the relationship between the street and museum. This is not only about finding the way to best show the museum’s collection, it’s also about showing the world how an ambitious cultural project can have a profound impact on a community and its identity.”

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Home to a large collection of ceramics and artifacts from the textile industry, the museum was designed by Glasgow architect John Honeyman of the firm of Honeyman and Keppie and gifted to the city in 1871. Though the museum has been expanded over time, this is the most comprehensive redesign since its inception.

While this is AL_A's first commission in Scotland, the firm is no stranger to museum projects. The Stirling award–winning practice recently unveiled an expansion project at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London, and it has been short-listed to reimagine the Eiffel Tower site in Paris.

The Paisley Museum will close this fall to begin work, and is slated to reopen in 2022.