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River and Rowing Museum

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David Chipperfield Architects
location Henley-on-thames
function museum
contributed by David_Chipperfield

Inspired by the local boathouses and barns, the building is clearly modern but resonates with an architectural vernacular. Sitting in water meadows on the south bank of the Thames, the museum houses a significant collection of rowing boats cataloging the history of the sport, the River Thames and the town of Henley. By carefully negotiating the conservative aesthetic sensibilities of rural England, the museum merges figure and abstraction to reveal both convention and invention.

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River and Rowing Museum
Mill Meadows
United Kingdom
Project is public!
Opening hours 1 September to 30 April - 10am to 5pm 7 days a week 1 May to 31 August - 10am to 5.30pm 7 days a week
How to get there? Located in Oxfordshire. Rail: Hourly services from London (Paddington), Reading and Maidenhead via Twyford to Henley on Thames. Bus: Regular 328/329 bus services between Reading and High Wycombe, stopping at Henley on Thames. There is an hourly X39 service from Oxford. Boat: A seasonal passenger boat service is operated by Salters Steamers from Reading and Marlow and will drop passengers off outside the Museum. More info on:
Completion 1997
Floor area/size 2300 m2
ArchitectDavid Chipperfield Architects
building costs consultantDavis Langdon & Everest
services engineerFurness Green Partners
contractorNorwest Holst Construction
structural engineerWhitby Bird & Partners
Client River & Rowing Foundation
Project ID 1430
Latitude/Longitude 51°31'57N 00°53'46W
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