Museum of Military Medicine

Museum of Military Medicine

Cardiff

The Board of Trustees, MMM

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The Brief

We were briefed to design a new internationally renowned museum in Cardiff, to house records and artefacts that capture over 350 years of medical history. Bringing this collection to a wider audience, it was important to showcase the benefits this history and research has provided to the public.

Concept

Our concept makes the spatial narrative clear and legible – public, semi-public and private domains are represented through transparency, translucency and opacity. We have deigned the museum container as a “jewel box” which incorporates the museum experience and a processional ramp as part of the narrative. The thematic driver is memory.

Museum of Military Medicine – Concept sketch
Museum of Military Medicine – Concept sketch
Museum of Military Medicine – Concept sketch
Museum of Military Medicine – Concept sketch

Features

There are three types of museum experience – archive/research, immersive and galleries. Each requires a specific environmental and climatic response. The building’s orientation takes advantage of north-light within the corten box, whilst the perforated wrap or veil acts as a solar shading device to the glass circulation areas.

Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of plaza entrance
Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of plaza entrance
Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of south elevation
Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of south elevation
Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of glazed atrium
Museum of Military Medicine – CGI of glazed atrium

Overview

Status
Ongoing
Value
12
Size
4,000 sq m
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