Chipperfield unveils Turner Contemporary design for Margate - images
David Chipperfield Architects has revealed its design for the Turner Contemporary gallery in Margate. The scheme replaces Snøhetta Spence’s project for a site at the end of Margate Pier, which was abandoned last year after costs rose to an estimated £48 million.
The new scheme is budgeted at £17.4 million and has been designed for a site on the edge of Margate Old Town. It will be raised 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.
Approximately 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. The building will also include an education space, including a gallery for showing work made or organised by young people; a multi-function space capable of seating up to 80 people; and a reception area with shop, café and toilets.
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.