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Cutty Sark / Grimshaw

  • 01:00 - 9 May, 2012
Cutty Sark / Grimshaw
Cutty Sark / Grimshaw, © Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

© Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson © Jim Stephenson +18

  • Architects

  • Location

    London, England
  • Partner

    Chris Nash
  • Associate Director

    Diane Metcalfe
  • Project Architects

    
Jorrin Ten-Have, Den Farnworth
  • Architect

    Joe Laslett
  • Principal

    Steve Brown
  • Client

    The Cutty Sark Trust
  • Photographs

From the architect. Cutty Sark epitomises the great age of sail; she is the last surviving tea clipper. Herre markable story is tangible evidence of the centuries long importance of sea-trade to this country and to the growth of London as theworld’s pre-eminent port and trading centre. Built as a tea clipper, where speed to market was critical, it is the combination of sail and hull form which gave Cutty Sarkher edge. The hull shape is defined by the revolutionary 19th century composite iron and timber ship building technique.

© Jim Stephenson
© Jim Stephenson

A comprehensive programme of conservation began on Cutty 
Sark in 2004, which saw the biggest overhaul of the Grade I listed landmark for 50 years with the ship’s reopening planned to take place in 2009. The project was brought to a dramatic halt when a fire in 2007 swept through the wooden structure, causing extensive damage to the centre of the ship. The disaster caught the public’s interest and initiated a major fund raising campaign, enabling the project not only to be resumed at the end of 2009 but to an enhanced design brief.

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© Jim Stephenson

The new design proposed raising the 963 tonnes Cutty Sark three metres within the dry berth. The dry berth was created in the 1950s, and purpose built in mass concrete on a former bomb site to house Cutty Sark when she was brought to Green wich from Shadwell Basin. The ship was floated down the Thames, and manoeuvred into the berth before the end was sealed and the water drained to allow her to reston the berth’s floor. In order to deliver this new conservation solution, within the constraints of the dryberth, it demanded that the new intervention shad to respect, repair and adapt to the original fabric of the ship.

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© Jim Stephenson
Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: "Cutty Sark / Grimshaw" 09 May 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/232948/cutty-sark-grimshaw-2/>
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55 Comments

John · September 21, 2013

It seems people here are complaining more about the glass dome around it, like it looks like a hovercraft or something. I'm surprised nobody mentioned how the glass looks more like a representation of the sea, the glass roof being sea level and the ship floating around it. Once inside it would be like being underwater or something. The slopes could represent waves, a glass cube can work but it won't have the same effect. That's what I interpret from the design. They could have done a little better, but overall it is good the way it is.

Civil Engineer · July 17, 2012

This building was designed around the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper. http://t.co/G596kSJy Amazing architecture!

Greenwood Moore Inc · July 17, 2012

This building was designed around the Cutty Sark, the last surviving tea clipper. http://t.co/ZQkUVDg6 Amazing architecture!

rohin sher · July 15, 2012

Reminds me of the Vasamuseet / The Vasa Museum in Stockholm.... http://t.co/giTBiYDp

Porthole · July 14, 2012

Alul-felül Cutty Sark http://t.co/PlCKwxL6

Nezar Ahmadi · July 14, 2012
anar-CHIE-tecture · July 14, 2012

The architect, Grimshaw, comes up with a great idea for this one... http://t.co/O1SrkfpY

Adam Barnett · July 14, 2012

Great photos @clickclickjim, on ArchDaily, of Grimshaw&#39s Cutty Sark Museum. See http://t.co/UGkUqljy

Tanner Halkyard · July 14, 2012

possibly the coolest piece of art/architecture in the world....http://www.archdaily.com/232948/cutty...

Marcia Marshall · July 14, 2012
Simona Valentina · July 14, 2012

A museum built around the boat it memorializes. http://t.co/7bbW5Mt8 Awesome!

Vaughan William Owen · July 14, 2012

An incredibly impressive and fascinating achievement, brilliant! http://t.co/7t5I9l3V - Cutty Sark / Grimshaw - #architecture #mustsee

Tsukyio · July 14, 2012

Nice idea, but execution is not quite there

Myungshin Oh · June 09, 2012

I love this flying boat! Interesting structure & design idea!
http://t.co/Au3iKh1i

DigiPrint · June 09, 2012

Quieren conservar un barco historico de una manera muy creativa?? #elproyectodedia
http://t.co/4Nzw9veH

Martin Lentz · May 26, 2012

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Carmen | Cóctel Chic · May 22, 2012

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Makio135 Daily Insp · May 16, 2012

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Andras Kubicza · May 14, 2012

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Malcolm Warrington · May 13, 2012

Great images of the Cutty Sark http://t.co/ZDdSHHHV

CDI Alliance · May 13, 2012

Great images of the Cutty Sark http://t.co/ZDdSHHHV

AllAboutDoor&Windows · May 12, 2012

Amazing glass-ceilinged building built around/encompassing a tea clipper ship. This is awesome. http://t.co/8OY0kOxO #architecture #history

Yosh · May 11, 2012

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martínez antón arq. · May 11, 2012

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Suiteurbana · May 11, 2012

Un museo para el barco http://t.co/E6KQKcvx #Cuttysark

?Charlotte Chung · May 11, 2012

http://t.co/0JbGoUuE So cool, this museum is built around the ship whose history it chronicles. http://t.co/Uw0wF4Eg

Ayse Teke · May 11, 2012

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//A2 Design Build · May 11, 2012

The Cutty Sark, bound to touch deep within any sailor out there. or sailing fans, too. More pics in AD: http://t.co/mGhSmpii #yarrrr

Felipe Vásquez · May 11, 2012

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Christian Klepej · May 11, 2012

http://t.co/0JbGoUuE So cool, this museum is built around the ship whose history it chronicles. http://t.co/Uw0wF4Eg

PointSouth KOA · May 11, 2012

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osman ghaffar · May 11, 2012

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Stephen Lisk · May 11, 2012

I really like the way this has been done... Cutty Sark / Grimshaw | ArchDaily http://t.co/J4ywRY6b via @archdaily

?nicöle~ · May 11, 2012

http://t.co/0JbGoUuE So cool, this museum is built around the ship whose history it chronicles. http://t.co/Uw0wF4Eg

thurmondw5 · May 11, 2012

http://t.co/2cyaRuZk So cool, this museum is built around the ship whose history it chronicles. http://t.co/EH3fOLiI

Mike Bond · May 10, 2012

I think, there were no need to design an extravagant shape, because the ship is beautiful by itself, and the visitors attention should at 85% be dedicated to the ship. They could have made the shell more transparent and light, but that would mean a lack of structural stiffness for such a structure. Thus, a simpler idea, maybe, could have succeeded, a cube, I might say, or a form, as minimal as possible, that retells the lines of the ship. But that's a different story.
In overall, I quite like it.

gigarchitettura · May 10, 2012

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Rizky Muzakir · May 10, 2012

Not bad, but I prefer a design that solve in preserving the ship. This is a fun design though...

Sabi Reyes · May 10, 2012

Museo para un barco muy elegante Cutty Sark / Grimshaw http://t.co/cROBGMtv #arquitectura

Sabi Reyes · May 10, 2012

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Fred · May 10, 2012

Wow, what a stinker, the lines of a lovely boat ruined by an extremely clumsy skirt. Looks like a hovercraft.

Alan · October 03, 2013 05:50 PM

I would love to see what you could come up with....

sdw · May 10, 2012

Agree....

Idea is a good one, but the execution was done cheaply not interms of money but lack of design rigour...

Stan Majcherkiewicz · May 10, 2012

Very interesting idea! Unfortunately shape of the roof and the overall concept needs more work. A bit disappointing I might say...

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