The Holburne Museum designed by Eric Parry Architects is located in Bath, United Kingdom. The result is a highly-glazed ceramic and glass composition which affords scenic views across the adjoining gardens and enables a flood of natural light to illuminate the precious collection within. A key constituent of the build was to reconnect the existing volume with the thriving flora that surrounds it at ground level, inspiring Eric Parry Architects to form a virtuously windowless unit above, with a transparent façade below, in order to ‘exploit and respond to’ the gardens at the rear of the site and the classical architecture of Great Pulteney Street at the front.
Inside, the majestic staircase has been repositioned to stay in line with current health and safety requirements and simplify internal way-finding. A café on the ground floor inspires an evolving relationship between the Museum’s visitors and Sydney Gardens, with the laminated low iron glass veil inserted free of complex jointing to create apparent lightness.