The museum board’s decision was clear, the new Parrish Museum was not to take the form of an extension of the existing building of 1897, but was to be designed as a new complex on a new and undeveloped site. This seemed to make the task all the more interesting for us, because it meant we could operate freely without having to take any existing structures into account. On the other hand, it is often the case that having to respect an existing structure actually sets the starting point for an architectural design. In this regard, the freedom of building from scratch is often a real challenge, rather than a constraint, for architects. Horror vacui – what is to be done with so much freedom? Now, although the undeveloped site on the outskirts of Southampton does offer just that kind of freedom, the more intensely we studied the history and collection of the Parrish Museum, the more strongly we tended towards the idea of a small-scale pavilion complex. Other architectural typologies soon began to look less promising.