firstsite new museum by Rafael Vinoly Architects
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firstsite new museum by Rafael Vinoly Architects

Lies on Ancient Monument land in Colchester’s historic St. Botolph, the firstsite’s new museum is a crescent shape golden building around an eighteenth-century Victorian garden, its single-storey design nestles in the landscape.

Rafael Viñoly Architects won the competition in 2009, the new museum was designed to create extra public space and parkland and to maintain and showcase local heritage sites, including early Roman ruins, while making a visually striking architectural statement.

Architects: Rafael Viñoly Architects
Location: Colchester, United Kingdom
Photography: Richard Bryant

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Modern in both form and cladding (the exterior consists of a distinctive gold-hued skin of copper-and-aluminum alloy panels), the building adopts the site’s axial geometry and the approximate height of the neighboring buildings. A concrete raft foundation allows the structure to rest on the ground and leave buried archaeological remains undisturbed, with no deep excavation required.


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