Creswell Crags is one of Britain’s most important archaeological and geological sites. A dramatic magnesium limestone gorge, fractured by a series of fissures and deep-cut caves the crags has provided evidence of human and animal activity dating back more than 50,000 years.
The project involved the design of a new museum and education centre on this precious site, to interpret the morphology of Creswell Crags and its rich collection of artefacts that have been brought back home from the likes of the British Museum.
OMI’s new building acts as a gateway to the crags and the fragmented form of the new structure defines a descending sequence of movement that arrives at the foot of the gorge. Locally sourced magnesium limestone is used throughout to connect the building with the indigenous geology. The raw oak boarding is a response to the woodland setting.
The building is intentionally discrete and modest, playing a supporting role to the main attraction – the gorge. It guides the visitor on their journey and subtly instils a real sense of drama and anticipation.