Hardback216 PagesSize: 250 × 190 mm
20 colour and 154 b&w illustrations
ISBN: 9781848222144Publication: February 15, 2018

Designing for Heritage

Contemporary Visitor Centres

Ruth Dalton



  • The first book on this increasingly popular building type, it examines 20 award-winning buildings and is a visual sourcebook for any practitioner charged with designing a visitor centre 
  • Accessibly written to be of interest not only to architects and designers, but also to heritage professionals and those with a general interest in heritage, memory and place

With tourists expecting higher levels of service, information and retail opportunities, visitor centres have become a vital component in providing access to heritage sites, historic buildings, landscapes of natural beauty and monuments. As a consequence, numerous architecturally renowned centres have been designed and built in recent years. It is perhaps no surprise that many have been featured in architectural awards, as they not only offer a ‘jewel’ of a project to architects, being small in scale but high in profile, but the buildings must also respond sympathetically to a rich physical and cultural context. This book examines the phenomenon of this relatively new, but increasingly popular, building type.

It begins with a series of essays which explore the origins and key characteristics of the visitor centre, its relationship between place and landscape, its social role, and its focus on the visitor’s needs. It then documents and critically analyses 20 award-winning visitor centres across the United Kingdom, including centres at The Giant’s Causeway, Stonehenge, Brockholes, Rosslyn Chapel, Culloden and the Welney Wetland Centre. Each building study is beautifully illustrated with photographs and architectural drawings and
includes the essential facts about the building, an experiential description
and a full spatial analysis.
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