The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has announced that the Mary Rose Museum is among the winners of the 2014 RIBA National Awards, the most rigorously-judged awards for architectural excellence. RIBA National Award winning buildings “set the standard for good architecture; these are projects that go beyond the brief and exceed the client’s expectation.” The shortlist for the coveted RIBA Stirling Prize for the best building of the year will be drawn from the 56 RIBA National and EU Award winners (44 buildings in the UK and 12 buildings elsewhere in the EU).
Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will (architect for the interior) worked alongside the Mary Rose Trust and their exhibition designers to design the museum ancillary spaces, museum galleries, and exhibition spaces including the design of the world’s largest exhibition case, the context gallery. The context gallery contains more than 4,000 real objects archaeologically repositioned as they were on July 19, 1545, when the ship sank, set out at each deck level within a three-storey environmentally conditioned exhibition glass case. Wilkinson Eyre Architects led the design team responsible for the building which surrounds the ship.
Chris Brandon, Principal of Pringle Brandon Perkins+Will said, “This museum is unique – the only one in the world to take its inspiration from the archaeological finds of the Mary Rose and the ship herself. Our role was to create a showcase for The Mary Rose and her artefacts befitting their significance, so we designed a museum that would recreate the experience of being on board the ship hundreds of years ago and created a context gallery to highlight its precious contents. Coming from a marine archaeological background, finally I can unite my two passions in life - architecture and marine archaeology.”
The winners of the RIBA National and EU Awards will be celebrated at a special event at the Serpentine Pavilion on 4 July 2014. The RIBA Stirling Prize is awarded to the architects of the building that has made the greatest contribution to British architecture in the past year. The shortlist will be announced on 17 July 2014 and the prize will be presented on Thursday 16 October 2014 in London.
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