Cutty Sark by Grimshaw Architects

Photos from a recent visit to Greenwich to see the Cutty Sark which has recently reopened by Grimshaw Architects.  Some interesting reviews of this are below:

Original concept  / Dezeen photos and information / Architects Webpage / Architects Journal / Guardian

I was disappointed with the building overall as the form and construction of the glazed framing is so far away from the original concept of a gentle glazed canopy linking to the side.  The result is much bigger and intrusive, particularly in the square, the glazing dwarfs the side of the ship and physically repels people away from it.

The AJ has written that Externally, its reflective glass billows and tosses around facets like an opaque, abstracted ocean.  I am not sure I agree – the glass and framing is too intrusive to lead to this interpretation.  Also the exhibition internally is very limited and unimaginative – the use of tea storage boxes appears dated already.

However, the dry dock experience underneath is very enjoyable and the shining surface of the ships hull is very tactile.  It is worth a trip to experience a ship hovering above you

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