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Mary Rose Museum

Part 1 Project 2004
Matthew Hynam
Kirsty McMullan
University of the West of England Bristol UK
The design aims to reinvent the Great Basin in Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard the home of HMS Victory and to create a new setting for the recovered Tudor warship Mary Rose. An urban design strategy to regenerate the historic fabric of the dockyard (which includes the oldest group of docks in world) was established early in the year. My proposal is a series of interventions within thedry-docks themselves and in new subterranean passageways between them. The building only rises above the ground at the entrance and in the Ship Hall housing the carefully preserved hull of the Mary Rose.

Matthew Hynam
Kirsty McMullan

The final year studio of UWE’s Part One course combines urban design and the detailed design of a building in context. Two sites were offered – the historic dockyard in Portsmouth and the centre of Taunton, the emerging capital of England’s south-west region.

Matt Hynam’s design for a new home for the Mary Rose is based on his insight that the dock installations, as much as the ships, are central to the city’s unique military heritage. Visitors experience the quality and power of the dock engineering close up – as well as the evocative remains of the rescued warship.


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