2017 marked the 20th anniversary of the Gallery’s opening, designed to display paintings for the public to see. It still remains an architectural masterpiece. To celebrate this moment, the Gallery teamed up with the London Festival of Architecture to hold a competition to design a space responding to the changing needs of a modern cultural venue.
The winning design ‘After Image’ was produced by architecture practice IF-DO.
The art gallery was designed in 1811 by British architect John Soane and claims to be the world’s first purpose-built public art gallery. It features facades of London stock brick with Portland stone detailing.
Using mirrored panels to play games with light, image and reflection the impressive and playful structure features reflective panels that mirror the building’s brick facades.
The timber framed roof is supported by three mirrored panels. Further moveable panels allow the space to be reconfigured for different events.
The simple rectangular form of the structure responds directly to the existing building and the porous, ever-changing nature of the landscape…