Millennium Galleries, Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects.
Sheffield, UK. 2001

Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects.,



Glass, Cement,


Museums and exhibition spaces are not always designed to be new urban icons. While this might seem to be the dominant trend, many equally interesting projects are intended to fit into their surroundings and blend right in with them. This is the case of the Millennium Galleries, one of England's most important exhibition spaces outside London.

Millennium Galleries, Pringle Richards Sharratt Architects. <br />Sheffield, UK. 2001 The roof was designed with a system of vaults and solutions that filter natural daylight. Its form enriches the building's outer appearance, breaking up what would otherwise be a compact, monolithic form.
The structure, made entirely out of reinforced concrete, is lightest in the finishes made mainly out of aluminium and glass.
One of the building's façades, on the second floor, is entirely covered with a system of sunshades, while the walls on the ground floor are transparent. Here too the architects obviously wanted to establish continuity with the city around the building. The square in front of the building becomes a sort of pre-entrance hall, while the interiors could be viewed as a continuation of the city outside.
The result is a simple building which is well-designed down to the tiniest detail, where balance is established through appropriate choice of materials, colours and forms.

Laura Della Badia


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