Museum Week is the first worldwide cultural event to take place on the social media platform Twitter. Each day of the week has a different theme, which is shared by the cultural community online using individual hashtags. For this year's campaign, we shared three of our key projects for the themes #architectureMW, #heritageMW and #futureMW.
Ceramics Galleries, V&A Museum - #architectureMW
The V&A’s collections of ceramics are one of its greatest glories, unrivalled for their richness and breadth. Stanton Williams were commissioned in 2005 to provide a setting worthy of these items. Opened in September 2009, our design reorders and rationalises the characterful spaces which have housed the collections for a century in order to create a significant international centre for the enjoyment, understanding and study of ceramics.
Compton Verney - #heritageMW
Compton Verney’s Grade I listed mansion was rescued from English Heritage’s Building at Risk register and transformed into a major new arts venue. On the award of the Civic Trust’s Culture and Regeneration Award, the Department for Culture, Media and Sport, commented "The transformation of Compton Verney serves to illustrate that good design and the re-use of the historic environment can be powerful regenerative tools and can have a very real impact on peoples lives”
Musée d’Art de Nantes - #futureMW
Stanton Williams won an international competition to transform the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Nantes, one of the six largest Fine Art Museums outside Paris. The creation of this urban quarter incorporates several key extension buildings that will link the existing 19th Century quadrangle ‘Palais’ of the museum and the 17th Century Oratory Chapel on the adjacent site, which operates as a temporary art installation space. The new urban quarter will ultimately help to redefine the image of Musée d’Art de Nantes, which is still firmly rooted in its surroundings but is now open to new possibilities.