The new Mary Rose Museum, designed by Wilkinson Eyre Architects, has in the months since it’s grand opening established itself already as a much loved treasure of the city by not only visitors but also the people of Portsmouth. With over 100,000 visitors in only the first two months of the doors opened it has been a key attraction this summer. The museum was also a centre piece of the Victorious Festival last weekend with it open to festival goers and also it being home to the kids deck.
The building’s characteristics in not only it’s stunningly clean, simple ship lines of it’s aesthetic design but also the incredible, cutting edge technical solutions to create the museum around the ship and the scheduled monument dry dock make it something very special both nationally and internationally, with it now shortlisted for World Building of the Year 2013, in the Culture category. The awards have 280 projects (some completed, some designed) shortlisted and the list includes buildings that have captured the public’s attention from all corners of the world, including a mobile research station in Antarctica!
The Mary Rose Museum’s architects Wilkinson Eyre Architects won the World Building of the Year 2012 with their Gardens by the Bay project in Singapore so fingers crossed that when the winner is announced during 2nd-4th October at the World Architecture Festival the Mary Rose Museum wins!