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Component 1 Joe Impett

Design Brief


For my design I will designing a museum/gallery to display objects of interest from an eclectic range of periods with no coherent theme, this ensures interest to a large audience rather than one focal subject which would reduce the audience significantly to those with specified interests.

To fulfil the design brief my design will need to: • Utilise green space/nature within the building and its surroundings • Offer a social space and experience as well as a museum

The building itself will follow an organic theme with ecological elements, this most likely will result in a building utilising a mix of old and new styles of building that flow together as well as natural elements mixed in such as a green space/orchard.

• Accommodate for an audience with a range of different interests

The purpose of this building will focus around leisure and recreation, featuring social areas and places to relax for a more social aspect combined in with the museum, allowing not only for a better experience for those interested in museums but also a new audience who may be interested in nature or relaxation.

• Showcase exhibits in a way that is clear and accessible to a wider audience

Industrial aspects may also be incorporated into the design as a means of contrasting many natural elements, however when put together these two themes should flow and complement one another which overall would create a more interesting and attractive building.

• Create a space that fuses different styles of building together in an interesting way

• Have the spaces themes flow together • Be constructed in a site or in an area with certain historical significance and for this history to be explored and displayed within the museum • Display exhibits in both a traditional and interactive manner

Location The location for my design would likely be in an open space – such as a field in a suburban area; This enables for a green area surrounding the museum with the option of interactive and leisure facilities outside of the primary museum structure itself. The location chosen should also have certain historical significance allowing for certain exhibits dedicated to the specific historical period related to the museum's location. Certain emphasis on the green space such as outdoor picnic areas should produce a more useable space outdoors.

The Location I have chosen which best allows for my clients brief to be fulfilled is Noak hill; A fielded area with a natural surrounding. The most suitable location would be within Noak Hill would be Dagnam Park which is home to the ruins of an Edwardian manor house, building my museum near to this house and creating Edwardian themed exhibits would allow for exploration of the location's history.

Primary research of Dagnam Park's Manor ruins

Primary research: Dagnam Park

Choosing Dagnam Park in Noak Hill as my location firmly cements the building within a natural surrounding which, as per my clients brief, must be embraced within the design. The green environment also makes the ideal setting for a social space, with a relaxing open space to add to this effect, which also must be added.

Primary research: Dagnam Park - Project Location

North-West View

South-East View


The area chosen to locate my project

Where the Manor is located (the focus of the project) South-East View

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum

Original building, now serving as a cafÊ adjacent to the museum itself. The original structure remains unchanged with its traditional elements preserved – and some emulated in certain aspects of the museum The Chelmsford museum is located within a generously sized park within the town itself, this creates a more attractive space that is more open to the public and full of open and natural spaces

The Chelmsford museum’s building is primarily made of tancoloured bricks, this is to compliment the original structures bricks, however to make the space more interesting the new section features modern grey metal panels on some sections of the walls in addition to windows that extrude out of the museum to create a more modern appearance that looks distinct from the original building but overall still maintains similarities to the original to create a flow between them, producing an organic structure that blends the original museum space with modern elements to create one structure.

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum

Next to the museums entrance the entire structure of the museum is interrupted by a glass façade which extends through both levels of the building, the primary role of this glass wall is to separate the original structure (now a cafÊ) and the newly built structure which serves as the museum.

The exterior of the museum also features extruding glass cubicles which house exhibits, for instance next to the museums entrance which features one of the museums exhibitions encased in glass so the theme of the museums exhibits are visible form the outside.

The grey metal cladding on the outside of the museum adds a modern element to the museum that breaks up the brickwork on the outside of the museum to create a more interesting aesthetic. The museum also features historical elements relating to the buildings location; on the outside of the museum a large stone coat of arms is featured, the arms depicted are that of Chelmsford, where the museum is located, the absence of part of the crest creates an archaic and worn look to the coat of arms and creates a more historical element that also related to the museums location.

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum

The rear of the museum is more integrated into its natural surroundings with trees and flower displays surrounding the museums immediate space. The museums rear also follows on with the more modern theme with large panes of glass and slightly extruded windows with grey panels acting as a trim to them.

By integrating the natural surroundings so close to the museum, the windows can offer attractive sights that make the outside more visible and present on the inside, as well as offering a modern and interesting solution which compliments the buildings original space.

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum

Within the museums space the brickwork of the original space is left exposed and the modern additions such as modern wooden floors and large panes of glass are left to contrast these features. Glass divide

Original building

Modern museum space

Instead of creating two distinct spaces, one modern and one traditional, the building offers space which incorporates features of both, such as the traditional brickwork and style but with a modern abundance of glass and modern grey cladding which creates a fusion between original structure and the modern extension.

The museums abundance of glass also means that exhibits (which are housed in extruding cubicles of glass) receive adequate lighting making them visible and clear, it also makes the exhibits more out of the way creating a more spacious interior as some exhibits extrude past the museums walls and leave the rooms and hallways clear.

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum - development

Taking inspiration from the Chelmsford Museums use of two themes within one structure allows for developments that utilise the organic way in which the museum fuses the two themes. In order to create an organic structure an original building must first be used, and for this the Gidea Park College in Romford was chosen as a base for the structure as it is similar to the museum in Chelmsford's old style of building and has space that would allow for modern elements to be added.

Gidea Park College in Romford

Primary research: Chelmsford Museum - development

By combining key elements from the Chelmsford Museum into an extension to the Gidea Park College, a flow between the colleges old-stlyed building and modern elements can be fused together organically to create an interesting museum space.

The rear of the college features a spacious field and a central tree; this offers ample space to create a modern extension to the building and redevelop it as a museum. The tree which is directly behind the structure could be preserved and integrated into the structure, offering an interesting centrepiece as well as a tie to nature.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

The curve inherent in feathers

CAD model of a building inspired by the feather

As well as linking to organic elements such as feathers, my design also draws inspiration from made structures such as the Guggenheim museum in Bilbao which uses curves throughout; similar to a feather with it’s form but using distinctly man made metal and concrete components, the museum creates a juxtaposed design which creates a more distinct and interesting building. To further fulfil my brief these elements could be combined; with each aspect linking to each other through an amalgamation of the two styles within one common space – using the natural feather shape but with the industrious components and materials of the Guggenheim.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

CAD model of a building inspired by the feather from the park

Unusual plants such as Red-Hot poker plants offers the basis for a structure; the tall bullet shape of the plants create a shape like the St Mary’s Axe tower in London. Creating a building similar to this but with more plant inspired elements would allow for a typically superimposed structure to appear more organic to its surroundings but still interesting.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

A wrapping feature inspired by Gherkin's glass wrap would create an interesting building form. Extruding this would combine the extruding pod forms of the plant into a structure also.

Interior and exterior green spaces link the structure to nature.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

Model development of the feather inspired CAD design using inspiration from Frank Gehry’s Guggenheim museum and red-hot poker plants.

The use of extruding platforms matches the plants extruding pods and adds a parallel between the man-made model and nature. The extruding platforms could function as the basis for some museum rooms that extrude past the tower. The tall curved tower in the middle of the model also draws inspiration from the plants tall shape, which adds another point of similarity between the two forms as well as creating an interestingly shaped building.

By manipulating the model to include structures between each platform, a viable museum shape can be achieved; with the inclusion of natural spaces within the museums rooftops and exhibits in both the primary tower and the extruding structures, a large and spacious design is produced. The museum design in addition to taking inspiration form the red-hot poker also has contains a lift which can be used to transfer people unable to walk form the ground floor to he other floors. Balconies for viewing/relaxation

Green rooftop

Floor-tofloor lift for disabled patrons

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

Incorporating natural elements such as a rooftop garden as well as a tree within the structure itself creates a strong bond to nature.

First floor

Ground floor

The use of two very distinctly shaped structures that use completely different materials and forms to one another allows for the opportunity to blend these two themes together and by having metal wrap around both section provides this area with a sense of combination; making the two section appear interlinked.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

The bench featured in the foreground of the picture uses a curved and flowing pattern throughout, this emulates the flowing nature of the water which dominates the benches surroundings. This creates a bond between the man-made bench and the space it is within through the use of a fluid and water like design which creates a fusion between objects and their surroundings.

Fences used on bridges at the park use a chain-link design which offers protection from falling over but also allows the natural greenery of the park to be visible through the fence, using a similar material or design, which allows for people to see the outside clearly whilst remaining inside the structure, would give my design a more significant link to the outside and offer a more naturally oriented experience.

Model development, incorporating elements of both the bench and fence.

Security glass uses mesh typically to reinforce the glass itself, however it could equally be used for aesthetic purpose.

A curved wall serves the purpose of adding a new form to what would otherwise be an uninteresting rectangular tower, its design also has the effect of integrating the curved style as featured on the bench.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

Using curved elements in my model a form that emulates some of Frank Gehry’s work can be produced, combing elements like this with contrasting square shaped sections, a more interesting space may be achieved. By having some of these elements made of differing materials, a combination of the two forms can be fused and blended within one space.

Metal cladded coponents played a large part in the design of Frank Gehry's Guggenheim Museum in bilbao, as did the use of structures of varying height.

Primary research: Hornchurch County Park

Development and amalgamation of the models – creating a museum solution

Secondary research: Alesia Museum

Secondary research: Alesia Museum: Burgundy, France

Secondary research: Alesia Museum

Brutalist styled concrete structures within the museums primary atrium creates an industrial theme which goes together with the large use of glass which orbits the entire museum, however when the outside is clad in a shell of softer wood panels, the structure blends into its surrounding far more, yet retains its industrial interior. This fusion between nature and creation is further developed by the addition of trees and greenery on the buildings roof, which creates a natural façade that is primarily wood and trees.

Alesia museum also utilises its outdoor space for its primary exhibit, this exhibit – a reconstruction of the Roman wall built at Alesia not only fuses the museum to its local history, it also creates an immersive and interactive exhibit within the museums natural surroundings.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - Drawings

Wooden panels not only add aesthetical interest, they also serve to block out sunlight

The wooden shell surrounding the circular museum often doesn’t cover certain sections of glass to create more depth and blend both themes of wood and glass together

Secondary research: Alesia Museum

The circular shape of the museum bears resemblance to the circular shape of a tree trunk, the wooden cladding also looks similar to the bark of a tree trunk, with the many irregular wooden beams looking similar to the linear texture of bark. The museum also has smaller circular structures and shapes on its roof which resembles the rings on a tree stump. This design choice, whether deliberate or not, brings the museum further into nature, creating a natural look and theme which compliments the surrounding green space. Emulating the form of something as natural as a tree trunk will bring my design further into an organic theme and would provide a more attractive space, as well as making the surroundings more intrinsic to the design.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum – development using Primary research

A rooftop garden area is derived from the plants green top, as well as rooftop gardens like that of the Alesia museum, which also provides inspiration for the circular elements.

Large tall structures can be observed through primary research of plants throughout Hornchurch County Park, this plant design in particular is similar to the tall trunks and could be useful to developing a structure, since it uses an interesting design with many sections that fork off the original stem as well as large pod-like structures which could be used as a basis for the museum space itself, offering views of the natural landscape from an elevated structure.

By shortening the size of the plant stalk a more structurally achievable building can be produced. By modifying the shape and size of some of the ‘pod-like’ structures a clear space and form is defined, with two primary museum spaces, one atop the other

Allowing large windows within the exhibit room offers views of the landscape as well as the exhibits.

A Social space within the museums atrium fulfils a key aspect of my brief and allows for the museum to purpose as a recreation and reaction facility as well.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - development

The naturally asymmetrical shape of tree trunks means that unlike the Alesia museum, parts extend off in an uneven manner, creating an ‘imperfect’ design that entrenches the idea of nature and an organic form. Using the circular aspects of the museum but incorporating the irregular growths such as that featured on trees, a more coherent theme of nature and ecology can be established and a more interesting building can be created: better fulfilling the brief.

Angled trunks create an interesting form that can be developed into a building.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - development

Maintaining the rooftop green space, the buildings link to nature can also be maintained.

By removing the section attached above he main building, an easier and more viable structure is produced. Extruding elements link the model to both the primary research form Hornchurch county park and the secondary research of tree trunks.

Multiple sections at different heights creates an irregular form that matches certain aspects or trees/tree trunks.

A rooftop garden further integrates the design with nature/natural surroundings and makes a more attractive space.

A tall structure allows for better views from the upper stories and creates a more interesting structure.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - CAD development

By putting the model into a CAD format many key aspects of the original can be highlighted and altered to better fit the brief; The model has been entirely lowered to make it a more easily buildable and structurally sound building, whilst this reduces the quality of the view it this development was necessary. The central section of the museum has, alike the towers been used as a rooftop garden with trees and greenery that patrons can enjoy. The museum has been reduced to one floor as to make it a cosy and welcoming space, without the emptiness that a larger, multi floored design would provide.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - CAD development

A lift to take people unable to walk from the museum to the rooftop.

Stairs create mobility between the different rooftop sections.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - CAD development

A circular design inspired by the Alesia museum’s shape allows for not only an attractive and interesting space but also 360 degree views of the natural surrounding, immersing people with nature to create a nicer and more pleasant atmosphere. A rooftop garden spanning multiple elevated levels also helps with this immersion as well as offering space for relaxation within the museum

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - CAD development – Interior view

On the museums interior there are many seated areas for relaxation, including a seating area on a raised mezzanine that offers views of the museum exhibits.

A primarily wooden interior creates a warm and cosy space to make the museum a more enjoyable atmosphere.

The museums exhibits are spread throughout the museum floor to make it easy for people to view the exhibits at their own pace.

Secondary research: Alesia Museum - development

Secondary research: Louvre

Secondary research: Louvre: Paris, France

Secondary research: Louvre - Drawings

The glass encompassing the entire structure would give off the reflection of the fountains of water outside of the building and create the illusion of a more natural, surrounding.

A spiral staircase does create some element of flow and fluidity within an otherwise rigid styled building.

The triangular theme is not exclusive to the museums exterior and can be found within the museums interior and exhibit rooms.

Secondary research: Louvre

The Louvre’s traditional and highly detailed stone staircase within the Palace area of the museum

The abundance of concrete within the primary pyramid provides an industrial aspect to the museum, the brutalist concrete also contrasts the highly detailed baroque stone-work of the palace at the louvre.

Modern staircase within the museums glass pyramid

Both sections of the Louvre feature curved spiral staircases, however the pyramids staircase uses a simple design with metal and glass which contrasts the palaces highly detailed stone and wrought iron staircase – while details of the both staircase differ, the nature of them (a flowing and elegant shaped staircase), remains the same which incorporates a level of fusion between the two spaces whilst retaining two distinctly different styles; reflecting the museum as a whole and the recurring schism between modern and historic structure.

Secondary research: Louvre - Drawings

The modern rectangular balconies and their lack on detail contrasts the faรงade which features the same coloured stone but with arches and detail, this creates a fusion between the simpler and more complex aspects of the museum

Trees within the courtyard creates a tie between the museum and nature, this is aided by the natural light provided by the large glass ceiling

Secondary research: Louvre

The museum does however feature a middle ground between the two contrasting styles of building; The sculpture hall features both a large glass ceiling (similar to the glass pyramid) within a limestone hall which feature both the highly detailed architecture of the museums faรงade, combined with simpler stonework on the elevated areas, both styles are made out of the same material and this creates a fusion between the two styles, furthermore the elevated and recessed areas break up the room more as well as allowing for greater viewing possibilities form the balcony-like structures. Overall this makes a space which is neither ultra-modern, like certain areas of the museum, but is also not immensely baroque like the museums palace space, this room represents the flow between the influences of both styles of building found at the Louvre, creating an organic fusion between the two.

Simple, more modern style within the museum courtyard

Detailed and more archaic style (Original to the museum) also within the museums courtyard

Secondary research: Louvre

The Louvre features 3 glass pyramids in the museums courtyard of varying size. These glass structures resemble a modern incarnation of the pyramids such as that found in Giza and this creates a further historical element to the museum, especially as it has areas that specialise in Egyptian history as its form reflects this. The Glass structure at the louvre is also located directly outside of the museums palace building which houses further exhibits, including rooms furnished as they were during the museums time as a palace, furnishing a room in a historical manner significant to the buildings history provides an interesting and interactive exhibit to immerse people more in the history of the building and the era surrounding it.

Secondary research: Louvre - Social space development

The museums long galleries would be a perfect area to develop a social space; allowing not only ample space for the seating and furniture required for a social space, but also allowing a constant tie to the museums exhibits – making the most out of the two primary aims of the specification.

The Historical nature of the galleries themselves poses a unique opportunity to combine the classically styled hallway with modern elements such as furniture.

Secondary research: Louvre - development

An extension of the water outside the Louvre pyramid helps to reinforce the link to nature and natural forms. By transforming this form a mural to a practical extension, the natural link can be reinforced.

By placing the Louvres glass section atop the Louvres palace, the entire courtyard can be transformed into a greenhouse space. The transformation of the space also offers the opportunity for a greater use of natural light and could also act as a skylight to not only the courtyard but also possibly the museums exhibitions.

By manipulating the Louvre museum in the way shown, the two distinctly different styles of structures (modernist & baroque) can be better integrated together, producing a structure that causes the two spaces to flow together through their fusion.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum

Secondary research: Dresden Museum: Saxony, Germany

Secondary research: Dresden Museum - Drawings

The jarring look of the extension aims to make it look super-imposed upon the museum, furthermore its steel design contrasts the highly detailed and soft toned stone of the museums original space, creating two distinct styles within one space

The extension adopts an irregular style with no symmetry between any areas of itself, this lack of similarity acts as a counter to the museums original space which is perfectly symmetrical in its form and uses regular and predictable shapes in its design.

Triangular, irregular and concrete aspects are most prevalent within the museums interior which further makes the extension intrinsic to the museums overall design and form.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum

Dresden museums most striking feature Is its large triangular extension which interrupts the otherwise old-styled 19th century building. This extensions shape could be said to resemble a glass shard, with a sharp pointed edge. The extension itself is made primarily of glass, concrete and steel, the abundance of glass on the structure allows for the original museums faรงade to still be visible behind it, this serves to create a deeper combination of the two areas and styles of the building. The extension adds a new and contrasting style to the museum whilst preserving its original form, intertwining the two spaces. The concrete and steel present within the museum and inparticular the extension create an industrious aspect to the museum which pays tribute to the areas history as an industrial hub, and the museums primary focus as a German military museum brings into account the museums original purpose as an armoury, this brings the areas history into account and creates even more of a combination between the location and the museum.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum

The museums original structure acts as a shell for a modern glass/steel extension.

By using the Dresden museum’s historical façade as a base but altering Libskinds extension to it , a unique idea can be created that achieves the brief more accurately than the museum in its current state.

Modifying the museum vertically as opposed to laterally creates interesting opportunities for a large courtyard area that can house natural elements such as trees and other foliage; better tying the museum to nature. However most importantly the museums extension should appear as an organic extension of the museum or appear organically alongside it.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

Similar to the museum a Dresden, many structures include newly built, ultramodern glass and metal extensions that jar off the original building creating contrast between the two. Emulating this style of design will allow me to offer a single structure with two distinct styles which, if applied properly, can create a flow between the two aspects, which can overall create a more interesting building, more visually attractive than either style of building alone.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

By combining the theme of glass with an industrial building, an interesting space can be created. Similar to the Dresden museum and buildings that follow a similar style, an angular and jarring structure can be added to an otherwise normal or traditional looking space to create a more interesting building that blends both elements and themes together. Both components of the space, the original structure and its extension, can be made of similar materials, this will provide a further element of fusion between the two areas an blend them together whilst retaining the two distinct styles. The uniquely shaped shard-like structure also offers an interesting interior space that creates a creative solution to what would otherwise be an uninspired and boring museum Interior.

Modifying the museum to better blend the two styles of building would create a more attractive space with both styles integrating together.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

By using original structures as a shell and using modern materials within the structure that extrude out of it, a mix between modern and archaic elements can be achieved creating a more interesting space. The abundance of glass on many of these buildings, especially on the roof, creates a greenhouse look and functionality which reduces the buildings reliance on conventional heating and lighting as well as affording the space the opportunity of adding more green spaces to solidify the greenhouse look and make a brighter and more organic space; as well as drawing light to the museums exhibitions.

Emulating this form in my design may create a structure that blends two styles of building, with one surrounding the other, whilst it isn’t practical to use an authentically historical building as the basis for the structure, a design that resembles something historical would have the same effect; creating a mix of building styles that are intrinsic to each other, making the blend between these two styles more organic and flow better.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

The “White House” in Scotland perfectly displays how old structures can be revitalised and modernised, whilst still retaining their archaic character; a 300 year old barn has been updated using modern materials and styles, for instance a glass structure combines the primary barn structure and the new build. The barn itself has also had modern additions, filling in the missing parts of the structure. A building similar to the “White House” would be ideal for use as a museum; exploring and immersing people in history with historic (or more realistically, historic looking) structures but with modern elements and comforts fused throughout.

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

Secondary research: Dresden Museum – associated structures

Secondary research: Dresden Museum

By using old-styled building made of stone or bricks and modifying them using glass, metal and other modern materials, the two styles can act in tandem.

A union between the two opposing styles can be created through integrating them with the structure and by adding the modern windows In a square layout the extension can match The square nature of the original structure Making the two appear fused together in one coherent building.

Modern extensions create a dynamic between the two styles

Secondary research: Dresden Museum

Plan View

Adding a greenhouse space adjacent to the primary museum space adds a natural element to the museum, this combined with social areas within the museum creates a relaxing environment. The additional greenhouse spaces use of a jagged style and the abundance of glass used with it further reinforces modern theme as well as adding an interesting look to the museum as a whole. Elevation View

Jagged and irregular forms can be found within nature, for instance within blades of grass and provide ample inspiration for a modern and natural inspired shape.

Secondary research: Neues Museum

Secondary research: Neues Museum: Berlin, Germany

Historical building with modern features e.g stairs and lower level gallery

Secondary research: Neues Museum

The Neues museum is built into an historical 19th century site in Berlin, however incorporates modern structures such as a modern white concrete staircase, plain white concrete pillars and a white coloured multi-level gallery. The use of plain white structures in an otherwise historical bricked building aims to draw focus away from the newly built structures and towards the historical nature of the original building whilst simultaneously making an interesting space, this has the effect of making the parts of the original museum seem as though they too are exhibitions within the museum. The large skylight in the museums courtyard reduces the museums need for artificial lighting which further creates an organic theme within the museum with its extensions complimenting the original state of the museum and natural light creating an atmosphere similar to the museums original.

Secondary research: Neues Museum - Drawings

Mounting exhibits to the atriums walls adds further practicality to the space which allows for the museum to feel more open with exhibitions being spread out across the whole museum.

The old styled exterior to the museum resembles more industrial styled buildings however the absence of artificial lighting inside makes the museum feel much more open and connected to nature

Secondary research: Neues Museum – associated buildings

Similar to how the Neues museum adds modern building elements to an old historical building many of these spaces use historical buildings as a foundation for modern elements such as glass and modern building materials, this, alike the Neues, incorporates the building space itself as an exhibit of its own and creates both an historical and interesting space.

Building built on top of and integrated with the foundations

Historical foundation

Secondary research: Social Spaces

The Google Sales & Marketing Headquarters in Tel Aviv is renown for utilising its workspace for social as well as commercial purposes. This combination of work and relaxation can be used to a different degree within my project; combining social and exhibition spaces together. Slides and other unconventional recreation spaces allow for workers, or in the case of a museum, patrons, a place to relax.

The use of square wooden blocks to create a multi-levelled seating space creates an interesting and space conscious area which provides more seating area within a much smaller overall space.

By adding a footrest below each step people sitting on the upper steps won’t impede the other steps, creating a more comfortable experience as well as not taking up more space than is necessary.. By using different height and sizes a more interesting look for the seating can be achieved.

Secondary research: Social Spaces

By implementing a design similar to this in my final model an exciting social space can be created and a relaxing experience can be generated that utilises space and maximises function. Creating an exciting social space and experience is necessary to the fulfilment of my clients specification and the success of the museum.

Secondary research: Interactive Museum exhibits

Secondary research: Interactive Museum exhibits Idea 2: Idea 1:

Exhibits which allow for people to touch and interact with aspects of them create interest and generate enjoyment, this takes away from the typical museum layout which involves only looking, as opposed to touching and interacting with. This interactive approach can be seen within the London Science Museum which has a dedicated space exhibit with facilities to allow people to perform ‘Extra-vehicular activity’ using space gloves to help immerse people in the role of an astronaut and create a more enjoyable and memorable experience for customers.

Another approach to interactive exhibits may be to create a set-up that attempts to emulate the look and feel of the situation the exhibition attempts to portray. The interactive WW1 trench display within The Imperial War Museum in London serves this purpose; taking people through an immersive display of trenchesproviding a more fulfilling experience than conventional exhibit displays.

Secondary research: Interactive Museum exhibits

Reconstruction of Roman fortifications that once existed at Alesia.

Whilst it is difficult to be able to build on sites of Historical significance such as the Alesia museum has, constructing areas that are made to resemble historical structures can immerse visitors in an area's local history. Building on areas somewhat relevant to the theme of the exhibit would help further bring the design and function of the museum in line with the client’s brief.

The location for my museum and its relative proximity to a historical ruin would allow for exploitation of this fact to allow for a more interactive exhibit whereby patrons can take a short walk to the ruined structure and experience it, similar to how the Alesia museum allows its patrons to experience the Roman structure that once existed on the site.

Final Model

Final Model – Edwardian Museum at Dagnam Park, Noak Hill Museum designed to offer a social experience and explore the local history; utilise green space and combine classical and historical building style with modern architecture.

Final Model

Integration and depth modern simplicity and minimalism mixed with an authentic looking classical styled structure help fulfil the aesthetic elements of the brief and specification

Final Model – Exterior views The key material used to construct the museum a soft wood cladding used to bring the museum further into its wooded and natural surroundings and to create the modern element to fuse with the classical brick structure adjacent to the museum. The Cladding which surrounds the primary museum structure is made from Oak timbers which offer a colour that stands distinct enough from the tone of the tree bark within Dagnam Park to create a noticeable building yet is soft enough to look in-place within the natural surroundings. The use of Oak also creates a solid and hardwearing structure, allowing for a more permanent structure using a wood native to the area.

Final Model – Exterior Views

The union between the two opposing styles can be seen through the divide using large glass panes to create an area of commonality between the modern and classical structures, as both areas of the museum use glass throughout. The merge between the two structures allows for an embrace of the history of the location and modern architecture simultaneously, whilst also heralding the significance of nature to the location and museum the preservation of the locations outside greenery

Final Model – Interior Views

By focusing the exhibitions around the Edwardian era, characterised by leisure and high fashion as well as the preamble to great political reform and liberalisation, the museum can be incorporated into the theme of the Edwardian manor house the museum is built next to. By doing this the local history can be explored but a diverse and interesting range of historical interests can still be included – as per the brief. Items such as contemporary articles of clothing, evidence of political activism and other staples of Edwardian society would make the perfect subject to centre many of the museums exhibits around. As well as using traditional glass casings for many exhibit items, interactive sections where certain features can be explored, touched and interacted with by members of the public are still present, as well as the entire of the original manor house that stands in the grounds which people can explore to be immersed with the overarching Edwardian theme of the museum.

Final Model – Interior Views

Open cased exhibits allows for interactive learning of the through interaction from costumers whether that be with replica items or through digital or other corporeal interaction.

As a theme throughout the exterior of the museum, nature is also present and prevalent on the inside of the building; a glass windowed courtyard allows for a small green space, primarily dominated by a tree, to be visible to people within the museum who can, by such inclusion, be brought closer to nature even on the museums inside.

A lowered section within the museum achieves creating depth within the museum and is used a social area

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