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Wraps taken off O’Donnell + Tuomey's Photographers’ Gallery

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s new home for The Photographers’ Gallery in the heart of London’s Soho will open next week (19 May)

The £9.2 million scheme at 16-18 Ramillies Street features three exhibition galleries and a two-storey roof extension, doubling the size of the previous exhibition space.

An original Victorian red-brick warehouse is linked to a steel-framed addition through an external sleeve of black render, terrazzo and Angelim Pedra wood.

The Irish practice’s original £16 million proposal for the site off Oxford Street, which landed planning approved in December 2007, was dropped in April 2009 due to funding difficulties (see below).  

O'Donnell + Tuomey's revised Photographers' Gallery (May 2012) - 5th floor gallery, window view

Source: Dennis Gilbert

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Photographers’ Gallery (May 2012) - 5th floor gallery, window view

Design statement:

A sculpted terrazzo entrance with an open plan design will connect the ground level Café and lower-ground Bookshop to the street, creating a welcoming meeting place and lively hub for visitors. A centrepiece of the ground floor will be The Wall, a digital display which will present guest-curated projects, artist commissions and collaborative photographic work involving the public.
 
The scheme includes numerous links between exterior and interior, punctuating the building with large feature windows which function as apertures onto the urban realm around Oxford St.
 
A new environmentally-controlled floor will create opportunities to show more work from archives and museum collections and higher ceilings in the top floor galleries will provide dynamic spaces for large-scale and moving image works.
 
Situated at the heart of the building between the two main exhibition spaces will be the Eranda Studio. Placing an emphasis on the Gallery’s education programme, this floor will feature a full schedule of talks, workshops and events. Introducing permanent elements to the programme, the Eranda Studio will include a camera obscura and a Study Room where the public will be able to access an archive of material related to exhibitions and events which have taken place since the Gallery was established in 1971.
 
Complementing the enhanced facilities for the public programme will be new spaces for the bookshop, print sales room and café.
 

Previous story (AJ 24.02.2012)

Photo finish for O’Donnell + Tuomey gallery

Work is nearing completion on O’Donnell + Tuomey’s new home for The Photographers’ Gallery in the heart of London’s Soho

The £8.9 million scheme at 16-18 Ramillies Street features three exhibition galleries and a two-storey roof extension.

Originally scheduled to finish last autumn to tie in with the gallery’s 40th anniversary, the doors will now officially open to the public on 19 May.

The Irish practice’s original £16 million proposal for the site off Oxford Street, which landed planning approved in December 2007, was dropped in April 2009 due to funding difficulties (see below).  

According to the gallery the new bulding will ‘provide a platform for an enhanced programme of exhibitions, the generously proportioned galleries will showcase established and emerging photographic talent from the UK and around the world’.

A new environmentally-controlled floor will allow more work from archives and museum collections to be displayed.

The gallery’s 2012 programme will be launched with a major solo exhibition of renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky featuring more than thirty large-scale images from his widely acclaimed series OIL.

Previous story (AJ 08.09.10)

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s Photographers’ Gallery scheme to start on site

Construction work is about to start on O’Donnell + Tuomey Architect’s project to build a new Photographers’ Gallery museum in London’s West End

The £8.7 million proposal for the gallery’s site at 16-18 Ramilies Street features three exhibition galleries and a two-storey roof extension.

The gallery will close to the public for a year starting from 19 September, while the redevelopment takes place. The Photographers’ Gallery will reopen in Autumn 2011, coinciding with its 40th anniversary.

The Irish practice’s original £16 million proposal for the site off Oxford Street, which landed planning approved in December 2007, was dropped in April 2009 due to funding difficulties.  

Materials featured in the redesigned scheme include textured acrylic render, Angelim Pedra hard wood and anthracite coloured terrazzo.

O'Donnell + Tuomey's revised Photographers' Gallery remodelling

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s revised Photographers’ Gallery remodelling

Previous story (12.03.10)

Go-ahead for O’Donnell + Tuomey’s revised Photographers’ Gallery revamp

O’Donnell + Tuomey has won approval for its revised proposals to remodel the Photographers’ Gallery in Soho, London

The Irish practice’s original £16 million proposal for the site off Oxford Street (approved in December 2007) was dropped in April 2009 due to funding difficulties (pictured bottom).

Though smaller, the new £8.7 million scheme at 16-19 Ramilies Street still includes three exhibition galleries and a two-storey roof extension.

A spokesman for the gallery said: ‘With the difficulties present in the current economic climate, and because of this, we have explored various architectural options that differ from our original scheme.

‘These approved plans, designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey, enable us to continue with our commitment to providing three new dedicated exhibition galleries, a floor for on-site education activities and also room to continue our bookshop, café and print sales.’

The spokesman added: ‘With the continued support of Westminster Council and the Arts Council, the approved submission still provides London with a world-class gallery and a cultural oasis within the heart of the capital.’

Click here to see the full planning application.

Should the scheme go ahead as scheduled, it will be the practice’s first completed building in England when it opens in 2011.

O'Donnell + Tuomey's original Photographers' Gallery scheme

O’Donnell + Tuomey’s original Photographers’ Gallery scheme which won permission in 2007

 

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