Conceived to house the collection of amateur fossil hunter, Steve Etches, the Museum is designed to blend into the small village of Kimmeridge on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast.
The building nestles into the hillside with a reinforced board-marked concrete basement housing the entrance and support facilities while the upper storey of the building is formed in Cross Laminated Timber. AKSWard worked closely with CLT supplier KLH to prepare the concept of the open framing of the building superstructure, minimising the number of ties within the roof. The building is clad in local Purbeck stone in common with the remainder of the village. External works are low key to mirror the rural nature of the setting.
See the work of the museum at The Etches Collection
Architect: Kennedy O’Callaghan | Contractor: Raymond Brown Building