Great North Museum
The Great North Museum in Newcastle brings together for the first time the North East’s premier collections of archaeology, natural history and geology. The project sits within the practice’s Cultural Quarter Masterplan occupying a prominent site on the Great North Road. The brief was to address its setting in relation to the city, limited exhibition and storage space, unsuitable environmental conditions for the collections and, working with exhibition designers Casson Mann, to reinterpret a varied collection. The redesigned galleries of the Grade II* listed building open up vistas and communication routes around the building making the museum more coherent to the visitor, the collections themselves inhabiting these reinvented spaces. A new central axial route through the galleries and new extension forms a vista between the university and city. Cross views via side galleries to the outside provide orientation and contrast.