Our brief for Windermere Jetty was to create a world-class museum that is a fresh and sensitive response to our beautiful location and important collection. The museum must to deliver a high quality visitor experience as well as meeting the complex requirements of the historic boat collection. We also wanted to make sure our visitors are able to enjoy views of Windermere at various points during the visit from watching a boat being launched on the slipway to viewing sailing boats going up the lake.
We have worked with an expert team of designers, engineers and specialists, led by architects Carmody Groarke to develop Windermere Jetty. The museum is formed of a cluster of simple building forms arranged to frame and connect views to boats, views to water and views to distant landscape horizons. At the heart of the concept is the ability to bring boats to any space, inside or outside of the museum. Large, cantilevered canopies protrude from each of the buildings providing sheltered external spaces for visitors and boats alike.