‘Designed to feel like stepping into a jewellery box and composed of a palette of ‘noble’ materials befitting of the objects on display.’
The Treasury is a new permanent exhibition space at the University of Oxford’s Bodleian Library. Occupying a space within the newly refurbished Weston Library which has recently undergone a radical £80 million transformation, the gallery allows selected highlights of the Bodleian Library’s 5000 Treasures to be shown in a purpose built space for the first time in the library’s history. Artefacts on display include Magna Carta, a Gutenberg Bible and the Gough Map.
Here the challenge was to deliver the benefactor’s vision of a treasures gallery where books appear to float jewel-like delicately in space, all the while resolving these aesthetic aspirations with stringent conservation practice which requires the artefacts to be held perfectly still and steadily in their cases. The Treasury is composed of a palette of ‘noble’ materials befitting of the objects on display, including limestone walls and floors, a fabric ceiling and showcases clad in hand patinated bronze.
150m² (1,614 ft²)
Helen Hamlyn Trust
DHA Design, EC Harris LLP, Goppion, Long & Partners, Mace Limited, Pell Frischmann