Placed on the edge of the North Sea the understated but carefully articulated white-panelled exterior is unapologetically fortress-like and protective of the jewels within.
Deceptively simple, this is a curator's dream. Ten years in the making, it is a beautifully controlled sequence of galleries of a standard that now readily persuades the custodians of national and international collections to lend out their artworks without misgivings.
The addition of the Turner Contemporary finally allows Margate to leave its knotted handkerchief and ice cream image firmly behind.
Winner of RIBA Regional Building of the Year Award sponsored by Ibstock Brick