Carmody Groarke's sustainable addition to the Museum of Science and Industry has reawakened a 19th-century warehouse's industrial splendour.
North West RIBA Regional Award 2022
Carmody Groarke for the Museum of Science and Industry
Contract value: Confidential
Occupying a 19th-century warehouse and a former goods yard below a disused railway viaduct, the Special Exhibitions Gallery provides the Museum of Science and Industry with space for temporary displays and a characterful foyer that sets up new routes through its campus in line with wider masterplan. The welcoming entrance is enlivened by full-height panels of back-lit fibreglass that harmonise with the hues of vaulted brickwork but provide a delicate counterpoint to its weight. Extensive works were required to make a thermally stable gallery that meets international standards. New walls incorporate hygroscopic mass to reduce the need for dehumidification, and low-energy services are carefully coordinated to maintain visual simplicity. Intelligent design has made a sustainable, accessible addition to the museum and reawakened the buildings’ industrial splendour.