Ashmolean Museum

May 12 Ashmolean Museum, Oxford by Rick Mather
Rick Mather Architects is working on a £61 million expansion and renovation of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. A new building will replace all the display facilities apart from the original, Grade I listed 1845 building designed by Charles Cockerell and will nearly double the amount of display space. It will comprise 39 new galleries, including four new temporary exhibition galleries, a new education centre, conservation studios, a walkthrough to the museum and the Casts Gallery, and Oxford’s first rooftop café. Click on photos to enlarge and escape to exit The project will also achieve high environmental standards by using displacement ventilation and locally sourced timber and stone. Dr Christopher Brown, director of the Ashmolean, said the old building was cramped, had no environmental controls, made poor use of space, and had no dedicated educational facilities, disabled access or loading bays. Rick Mather said the new building would address these shortcomings and allow for what Dr Brown called a ‘radical new way’ of presenting the exhibits, emphasising connections across cultures and time rather than separating displays into discrete departments. Architects: Rick Mather Location: Oxford Type of project: Museum Exhibition design: Metaphor Client: Ashmolean Museum Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund Start on site date: 2006 Expected completion date: November 2009 Total cost: £61 million Subscribe to the Architectural Review — AR


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