he new Museum of Bristol, M Shed, is housed in a refurbished 1951 steel-framed cargo shed on Bristols Floating Harbour.
The existing building is a 190 metre long structure, originally a transit shed for storing goods being loaded on and off ships.
Central to LABs proposal has been the creation of two dramatic foyer spaces: the West Foyer and the Main Foyer.
These two distinctly different volumes act as orientation spaces, break-out spaces and additional exhibition spaces.
Each of the foyers contains a feature staircase that creates a different experience for the visitor whether ascending or descending and provide breathtaking views out over Bristol,
taking full advantage of the extraordinary location of the museum.
Externally our interventions are more measured and deal with the scale of the structure, developing the difference between the North and the South facades.
The North facade had to be preserved as its sliding doors create a significant historic backdrop to a unique collection of industrial objects (cranes, steam trains and boats.
The facade works at two scales; from the harbourside the building appears as a low two storey structure, but the size is deceptive and only on the quayside is the height of the frame and the size of the doors fully appreciated.
The South facade is an alternative museum front, previously considered the back of the building. Glass planks with three degrees of transparency (opaque, semi transparent and transparent) depending upon the program emphasise the verticality and provide a module appropriate to the scale of the building.