National Collections Centre
Sam Jacob Studio were commissioned by the Science Museum Group to develop a strategic approach and high level masterplan for the National Collections Centre.
Located on an old airfield in Wroughton, Wiltshire the site has been used historically to house outsized elements of the SMG’s collection. Over time, the site will develop into the National Collections Centre for the SMG and multiple other museum collections as well as hosting third party research facilities and providing public access to the SMG’s collection and
Our work explored the ways in which design could be used to help create a sense of place through character and identity, towards the use and organisation of the site, the experiential design for visitors and staff, and embedding flexibility supporting the phasing and evolution of the project.
These approaches build on the intrinsic qualities of the site that include the scale of its landscape, the existing historic buildings and hangars, as well as its setting in a site of outstanding natural beauty.
Aspects of the strategy addressed issues such:
Precedents that could be drawn on to understand the possibilities of combining museological facilities, visitor experience and work spaces.
Ways of activating the incredible landscape and scale of the site.
Exploring the potential of arrival for different types of visitor and how this moment connects with the wider site.
The development of a visitor campus re-using and adapting existing buildings to develop a more coherent sense of place and community.
Suggesting ways that mobile structures could provide varied uses in different places over time.
Developing Design Principles that set out a design language that could be used to help give a overarching coherence to multiple NCC projects.
Developing a holistic approach to sustainable principles.