Command of the Oceans, Chatham

Knits together the historic fabric

Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects.
Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. Credit: Hélène Binet

Baynes and Mitchell Architects for Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust

Contract value: £8m

GIA: 2,750m²

These galleries allow the story of Chatham Dockyard to be told in its own historic buildings. A striking new visitor entrance, clad in black zinc, knits together the historic fabric either side. The steeper pitch roof was a bold move in conservation terms. It was the raised entrance and ramp that won the firm the architectural competition, and this unlocks the whole plan.

 
  • Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects.
    Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects.
    Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects.
    Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. Credit: Hélène Binet
  • Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects.
    Command of the Oceans, Chatham by Baynes and Mitchell Architects. Credit: Hélène Binet
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The entrance hall has a cathedral-like quality focused on a view over the dockyard. The museum element, in the refurbished spaces, is designed around a route that leads to the powerful discovery of the hidden timbers of a ship beneath the floorboards. The palette of black metal, blue limestone, board-marked concrete and composite timber is a response to the industrial language of the historic buildings and landscape.


Regional Conservation Award


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