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Downland Gridshell, West Sussex

Downland Gridshell

Edward Cullinan Architects
Copyright: Richard Learoyd

The Downland Gridshell at the Weald and Downland Museum in West Sussex was shortlisted for the 2002 Stirling Prize.

Edward Cullinan Architects collaborated with the engineers Buro Happold and Green Oak Carpentry Company to develop this innovative, low energy structure. The lower level, the Archive, serves as the Museum's storage, administration centre and exhibition hall. Sunken into the ground, it protects its contents from weather changes, using minimal energy. The upper level, the Workshop, is the space for the Museum's carpenters to restore and build the timber frames that will go into the Museum's many collected buildings. The project was completed in 2002.


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