Two new, carbon-neutral pavilion buildings allow the Museum to address the city from different directions of approach. Together they frame a new 24hour publicly accessible route connecting Museum Square and South Yard.
Central Hall provides a generous new public entrance directly facing York Railway Station. Its bold new roof form will rise to the apex of the adjacent Great Hall, creating a Museum identity externally, and vast timber-structured room internally. At the heart of the new space, every Museum experience can be seen from one pivotal point of view.
The Future Transport Gallery will also be built as a lofty, column-free space, making it highly-flexible for exhibition formats and rich in material character with timber internally and rammed earth externally.
The project will improve physical and visual connections between old and new buildings, attract visitors to unique experiences of collections and contribute to making the entire Museum a carbon-neutral site.