Our concept for Windermere Jetty was to create a world class museum which, while sensitive to the magnificent location, was also bold and visionary. We wanted to deliver an outstanding visitor experience as well as meet the complex requirements of the historic boat collection. We will exhibit boats in multiple locations, inside and outside the museum. A key element of the design is to preserve and enhance views of Windermere throughout the visit, which are particularly spectacular from the café.
We worked with an expert team of designers, engineers and specialists, led by architects Carmody Groarke to develop the project. They have designed the first contemporary building around the lake for over 50 years. The museum is formed of a cluster of simple building forms arranged to frame and connect views to boats, to water and the World Heritage landscape. Large, cantilevered canopies protrude from each of the buildings providing sheltered external spaces for visitors and boats alike. The sensational copper cladding fits well in the environment, and the water source heat pump provides renewable energy.