Neptune Court, Greenwich Maritime Museum

Rick Mather Architects, BDP, London, 1999


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Aerial view of the museum 

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  • Aerial view of the museum    
  • Triumphal arch restored as main entrance    
  • The Neptune Court at the National Maritime Museum    
  • Internal view    
  • The mezzanine creates an additional layer of exhibition space    
  • View of exhibition space    
  • Ground floor plan    
  • First floor plan    
  • Section    
  • Roof structure detail    
  • Parapet detail    

Conservation of existing building and addition of internal courtyard at the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

In order to resolve the Museum's orientation, display and circulation problems, Rick Mather Architects chose to cover an existing courtyard with Europe's largest free-span glazed roof. This new central 'square' unifies the layout producing clear and legible routes through the museum.

The triumphal arch of the north facade is transformed as the museum’s new main entrance, allowing visitors direct access to the courtyard. Within the surrounding buildings, ten new galleries were created and all levels made fully accessible by the addition of corner circulation cores.

Cumbersome additions to Sir Philip Hardwick's original scheme were removed and the original neo-classical facades restored, based on records held by the museum.


  • Completed: May 1999
  • Floor area: 7,700m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £2M
  • Funding: Heritage Lottery Fund
  • Address: National Maritime Museum, Romney Rd, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF, United Kingdom

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