Heritage Museums & Gardens Orientation Center

Sandwich, MA

Visitor orientation and information, ticketing, gift shop
Board room, offices, member’s area
Improved entry sequence, circulation, and parking
Sustainable design features
Heritage Museums & Gardens
Programming, Site Analysis, Fundraising Materials, Cost Estimating, Conceptual Design

Contemporary in design and materials, yet reminiscent of traditional Cape Cod architecture in scale and form, the new Heritage Museums & Gardens Welcome Center responds to its surroundings and context, including the kettle-kame topography and existing buildings scattered around the 100-acre site.

The center creates a sense of discovery and anticipation that foreshadows the experience visitors will have as they explore the grounds. As on the site—where features are concealed and then revealed as you come upon them—the center is discovered as you move towards and then through it. Inside, a glass-enclosed lobby directs the eye to the site’s signature water flume and provides visitors with expansive views of the lush landscape.