Saturday26 July 2014

David Chipperfield's Hepworth Gallery

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David Chipperfield reveals more about the concept behind the nationally acclaimed Hepworth gallery in Wakefield, Yorkshire






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  • I visited this building recently. A fantastic project.

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  • Brilliant ! Brilliant !

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  • Exciting to visit but what a pity about the outside colour. No doubt about the form and content but should Wakefield always be dubbed as a yesterday's industrial city with grey concrete when warmer richer Yorkshire stone colour could so easily have been provided?

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  • Really dislike the massive amounts of concrete used in the design- it radiates an uninviting austerity and does not respond to the area of Wakefield, which is already depressing as it is.

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  • A superb building both externally and internally, adept composition of form and space, adroit internal lighting control, slick minimalist detailing, and a sense of occasion conveyed by the whole concept.

    The downsides are a coloured and polished concrete shell finish which may not look so good in a few years, and minor shrinkage cracking all over the concrete surface which hopefully the Yorkshire rain and frosts won't spall?

    The bridge approach gives good long and close range views combined with a slightly unnerving vibration when visitors walk across it.

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