Thursday, June 21, 2007

Chipperfield's Turner Contemporary

David Chipperfield Architects has revealed its design for the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate, UK. The scheme replaces Snøhetta Spence’s project (below) for a site at the end of Margate Pier, which was abandoned last year for costs issues.
The new scheme has been designed for a site on the edge of Margate Old Town. It will be built onto a high terrace to protect it from flooding. The terrace will also provide outdoor space adjacent to the café, offering views of Margate’s famed sunsets.
Approx 20m high over three storeys, the building will be a landmark visible from all the main entry points to the town. Inside, public circulation is via a staircase and lift in the centre of the building. The top floor will be dedicated to gallery space, with views in all directions.
It is set to be submitted for planning permission before the end of the year, with construction beginning at the end of summer 2008. The gallery is scheduled to open in 2010.