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Welsh architect wins contest for ‘Guerrilla Museum’

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Lowri Roberts, an architect from Bala in North Wales, has won the competition to design a satellite space for the Cardiff Story Museum 

Run by the Cardiff Story Museum and the Cardiff Museum Development Trust, the Guerrilla Museum contest called for a pop-up temporary exhibition space.

The brief asked for a ‘satellite museum always on tour: that appears, stays for a while, then disappears overnight across the city and county of Cardiff.’

Roberts’ design for the £200,000 structure is mounted on tractor trailor bases and folds away for ease of transportation.

When the brightly-coloured museum space reaches its destination it can be opened up to provide a welcoming display space.

Peter Bradbury, cabinet member for community development, co-operatives and social enterprise, said: ‘The Cardiff Story will celebrate its fifth birthday next month and since opening the team has carried out a tremendous amount of work with different community groups across the city.

‘Guerrilla Museum is an exciting opportunity to take that work further and work very much in the heart of Cardiff’s communities and localities.’

Roberts, commented: ‘I’m delighted to have won the Guerrilla Museum design competition. The brief offered scope for something very unique, which I found both exciting and appealing. It gave me opportunity to design something that was bold and exciting.’

Museum manager, Victoria Rogers, added: ‘We wanted something that was new and fresh. We wanted it to be colourful, quirky and the ‘must see’ thing in your community. The judges felt that Lowri’s design certainly gave that, and we’re really excited now to seek the funding so we can make it a reality. It’s going to be an innovative way for museums to work, really different - and Cardiff will be leading the way.’

The competition was judged by Victoria Rogers and Alison Tallontire from the Cardiff Story Museum, Richard Tynen of the Cardiff Museum Development Trust, Anna Lermon, director of Civic Trust Cymru and Dan Lewis and Gavin Traylor from Design Circle, Royal Society of Architects Wales.

Roberts takes home a £2,500 prize.

The Cardiff Story Museum will now use the designs to seek funding for the project.

 

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