American Museum (2023)

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Client: American Museums & Gardens 
Structural Engineer: Format Engineers
Location: Bath, United Kingdom

Date: 2023-06-01 00:00:00 +0000 UTC
Tags: Timber, Shell, Canopy, Membrane, Digital Design, Parametric Design, CNC

American Museum

The American Museum & Gardens are a popular attraction on the rural outskirts of the city of Bath. The trustees of the museum engaged us to design and to Engineer a canopy for an original American 1830’s Conestoga Wagon whilst it undergoes conservation. The canopy would then remain in place to protect the wagon from the lemons whilst it was on display.

After a considering a number of concept designs the client chose our concept of a ‘woven’ timber plank shell with a fabric lightly tensioned on the inside.

The timber was intended to be harvested from the site itself and used a number digital modelling techniques to ensure the elements were simple to fabricate and to construct despite the seemly complex form. Our design included integrated timber seating for the public, giving sweeping views across the countryside to Freshford Valley.