I recently traveled to England and explored some quaint rural villages. These villages felt like ‘classic’ England, complete with heritage and rain. While visiting relatives, they suggested we check out the Weald and Downland Museum in Chichester.
This open air museum gathered nearby historic farmsteads and transplanted them onto this site, with the rolling downs as a picturesque backdrop.
The gridshell building is clearly not one of the historic buildings on the site, rather it is a workshop where they assemble the buildings and hold events.
Seeing the exterior of the building, it felt out of place compared to the rest of the village. But inside, I was fascinated to see the visible construction of this large hall – the undulating criss-crossed oak laths. I realize one of the reasons I was so interested in this building was that it resembled a couple of my projects I have completed it in the past, so I am sure this structure will be a precedent for my future projects.