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The Gateway Buildings, Weald & Downland Living Museum

The Gateway Buildings, Weald & Downland Living Museum

Commercial & Leisure

 

Location: Chichester
Architect: ABIR Architects
Client/Owner: Weald & Downland Living Museum
Structural Engineer: Cooper & Withycombe
Main Contractor/Builder: A&F Pilbeam Construction Ltd
Joinery Company: The Green Oak Carpentry Company Ltd
Wood Supplier: LBSA (Green Oak), KLH (CLT)
Steelwork: Solent Engineering
Wood Species: French Green Oak, Austrian Spruce, French Sweet Chestnut, English Chestnut

Weald & Downland Living Museum boasts a collection of over 50 vernacular buildings spanning 950 years, all rescued from destruction and re-erected in the Grade II* registered South Downs National Park. ABIR architects were commissioned to design a new 850sqm visitor centre consisting of retail, gallery, café and community spaces. The design connects the Museum to two new clusters of buildings set either side of a central entrance court forming a transitional gateway. The buildings are designed to be entirely timber, consisting of two primary elements; Green Oak frame and cross laminated timber (CLT). Other timber features include hand-cleft English chestnut roofing shakes, sweet chestnut cladding and natural wood-fibre insulation. Internally, sweet chestnut battens have been used to create the undulating kite roof.