cube_design was selected from 14 practices as the preferred architect to design the envelope for the new Heritage Lottery Funded building, which opened to the public in November 2019. The project consists of the refurbishment of a World War II hangar to house the exhibition and a new two-storey extension.
The Silverstone Experience takes visitors on an exciting two hour journey through motor racing past, present and future. The exhibition is housed in the only remaining World War II hangar on the site, which was originally built to house the Wellington Bombers. The hangar has been fully refurbished and features a colour shifting cladding system, creating an iridescence that forms the most dynamic backdrop; the original structure is sympathetically exposed internally, giving the visitor a visual clue to it’s historic use as a hangar.
The latest technology has been utilised to tell the amazing stories of the people that have been part of the site’s history, from medieval monks and World War II air crew, to the racing drivers, riders, engineers and marshals of today.
The new extension offers first class views over the track and houses a Collections and Research Centre, offering museum and archive accredited storage for the unique British Racing Drivers’ Club (BRDC). It incorporates other motor sport collections, as well as a specialist library and learning space for school groups.
|Client||Silverstone Heritage Ltd and Heritage Lottery Fund|
|Project value||£20 million|
|RIBA Work Stages||0 - 7|
|cube_design team||Jane Lock-Smith, Paul Jackson, Wayne Dooley|
|Project team||cube_design (Architect) | Mann Williams (Structural & Civil Engineer) | Hoare Lea (Mechanical & Electrical Engineer) | MAC Consulting (Cost Consultant) | Illman Young (Landscape Architect) | Mather & Co (Exhibition Designer) | Elmwood (Contractor)|
|Silverstone Experience||Project card||Download file (1.6 MB pdf)|