Architects: Edward Cullinan Architects
Opened in June 2002
The Jerwood Foundation made a grant of £80,000 towards the Weald & Downland Open Air Museum's new conservation workshop and artefact store in West Sussex. The Downland Gridshell, incorporating the Jerwood Gridshell Space, was designed by Edward Cullinan Architects and was officially opened on 24 June 2002. Awards include a RIBA Architecture Award and the building was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize and Gulbenkian Prize.
The Jerwood Gridshell Space forms the upper level of the Downland Gridshell, a breathtaking structure of slender oak laths which combines innovative design with superb craftsmanship. It provides a vast workshop space where historic timber-framed buildings can be laid out for conservation and repair. The open accss space is also used as a demonstration area and for the Museum's growing programme of training workshops.
Weald & Downland Open Air Museum
The Weald & Downland Open Air Museum opened in 1970 and is the UK's leading museum of historic buildings. Set in 50 acres of Sussex countryside, the Museum includes nearly 50 historic buildings which have been rescued, dismantled and rebuilt. Representing 500 years of architectural heritage, they are all homes, farmsteads and workplaces of the Weald and Downland region. Alongside its educational work, the Museum gives support and further training to craftsmen and women in skills associated with building and rural crafts that would otherwise be lost.
Jerwood Gridshell Space, Weald and Downland Open Air Museum © Architects:Edward Cullinan Architects