Weald and Downland Gridshell

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Coordinates: 50°54′25″N 0°45′22″W / 50.90694°N 0.75611°W / 50.90694; -0.75611

Weald and Downland Gridshell
The Gridshell building
General information
Type Museum
Location Weald and Downland Open Air Museum, Singleton, West Sussex, England
Completed 2002
Technical details
Structural system Gridshell
Design and construction
Architect Edward Cullinan Architects
Structural engineer Buro Happold
Services engineer Buro Happold

The Weald and Downland Gridshell (2002) is a building designed by Buro Happold and Edward Cullinan Architects for the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum: it was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize in 2002.[1] The building is a structural wooden gridshell, constructed of oak sourced from Normandy. Before constructing the gridshell, members of Buro Happold and the Cullinan practice-built a prototype during their own time on weekends. This was also a self-supporting gridshell, and was used as a temporary entrance canopy on the Pompidou Centre.


The project has won the following awards:


  1. ^ Don Barker (29 January 2003). "Cullinan Throws a Curve". Architecture Week. Retrieved 18 July 2014.

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