Location: National Maritime Museum, Falmouth, Cornwall
Architect: Long & Kentish, London
Slate Used: SSQ Riverstone®, Ultra grade, Grey roofing slate
This project is a fully independent museum, a development of the original FIMI (Falmouth International Maritime Initiative) partnership created in 1992 and the result of collaboration between the National Maritime Museum, Greenwich and the former Cornwall Maritime Museum in Falmouth.
The National Maritime Museum Cornwall, makes a striking impression from its historic waterfront location in Falmouth. The most outstanding feature is the spectacular rhomboidshaped roof. An ambitious architectural statement, the roof features a dramatic false perspective achieved by arranging different sizes of slate in diminishing courses.
With on-site support and advice from SSQ’s Technical Department, this ambitious and complex project was achieved using a total of 14 different sizes of slate with lengths ranging from 350mm x 500mm and widths from 200mm to 375mm. In addition, 8 different batten gauges were used and 9 different hole positions.