Approaching the building from the road the listed Victorian building is seemingly unchanged. As you get closer the new slate clad addition hovers in the air behind the Victorian building with a clear uninterrupted view of the sea through the fully glazed entrance. The extension sits on an exposed concrete table where the structure is clear and evident from below.
Upstairs the existing Victorian art gallery has been carefully and respectfully restored. A magnificent wide view of the sea is framed by a single long window and above is a long narrow slot to the sky, making for an entrancing space.
Unbelievably this sensational view was completely ignored by the original building – only a small stair window looked this way. What does this tell us about the Victorians?