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Manchester Art Gallery RIBA Competition

Manchester Art Gallery

Manchester Art Gallery © ​Peter Durant
Competition | Past

​Manchester Art Gallery

The new building unites the City Art Gallery with the adjacent Athenaeum, both designed by Sir Charles Barry, by infilling the final quarter of the site. This satisfactorily completes the city block, in the Georgian grid plan of central Manchester.

Invited Culture and Leisure

Hopkins Architects’ design includes a new extension with a stone and glass façade providing a new landmark for the city centre.

A spacious glass atrium was created to link the new wing with the former City Art Gallery and Athenaeum. The main entrance remains through the iconic portico of the old Gallery. A footbridge crosses over the glazed link to the new extension, with its own staircase and free standing lift towers. A continuous sequence of galleries on the first floor in the new building, match the scale and symmetry of the original building.

  • RIBA Award 2003
  • RIBA Client of the Year 2003
  • The Concrete Society Award 2003
  • The British Construction Industry Building Award 2003 – Shortlisted
  • Civic Trust Award 2004
  • Royal Fine Art Commission Trust: Aggiornamento Award

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