This project weaves together a number of existing galleries and new building elements in a clever way, utilising a back yard to create a new front entrance space whilst still retaining a ‘secret’ service access yard to the public side. A terracotta prow above the new entrance space directs visitors like a pointed finger. A top-lit linear atrium draws all the elements together, linking the two entrances and accommodating all the circulation between old and new galleries. This democratic approach to the way the visitor moves through the buildings adds eventfulness to the mix of historic and new.
The new triangular gallery works surprisingly well as a centrepiece, offering a variety of perspectives and settings for the art.