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The Exchange, Penzance

The Exchange

​MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight Architects)
Competition | Past

​The Exchange, Penzance

The transformation of a former telephone exchange into a striking art space in the centre of Penzance in conjunction with renovations to Newlyn Art Gallery.

Invited Culture and Leisure

MUMA (McInnes usher McKnight Architects) were announced as winners in September 2003.

In 2003 Newlyn Art Gallery, with the RIBA, ran a selection process by competitive interview for the refurbishment of Newlyn Art Gallery, as well as the conversion of the ground floor of the Exchange building in Penzance, Cornwall.

The new art space at The Exchange has a striking undulating glass façade which runs the entire length of the building, formerly a telephone exchange. A dramatic, changing light display, designed be Penwith-based artist Peter Freeman illuminates the glass panels according to the exhibitions, and the time of day and year.

  • RIBA Award 2008
  • Museums, Galleries and Visitor Attractions – Winner, Design Week Awards 2008
  • Named as one of the Top 50 Buildings of the Millennium by Channel 4 and the Architects Journal 2007
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