Novium

Keith Williams Architects, Chichester, 2011

 

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Museum of social history built over the remains of a Roman public bath house

The building straddles the Roman baths which are displayed in situ in the street level entrance gallery, as an intrinsic part of the museum. The building also contains permanent and temporary galleries, collection storage, workshop, research and library spaces, and a learning room, in addition to public facilities.

The public galleries are stacked vertically on three levels and that are linked by a processional stair culminating with view across the city to the cathedral from the Cathedral window, at the building’s highest level.

Externally the building is clad in pale re-cast stone. The interior spaces are made of high quality fair faced concrete with silver granite aggregates used to achieve a subtle sparkle to the finishes.

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  • Begun: Apr 2010
  • Completed: Sep 2011
  • Floor area: 1,100m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £6.9M
  • Procurement: Traditional contract
  • Address: The Novium, Tower Street, Chichester, PO19 1QH, United Kingdom

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