WHITECHAPEL SET TO GROW
The AJ can reveal these exclusive images of Belgian architect Robbrecht en Daem's £10 million expansion plans for East London's Whitechapel Art Gallery. The architect has designed three new galleries as well as education and research facilities for the exhibition space, which recently displayed the work of 40 Under 40 architect David Adjaye. Proposals, which increase gallery space by nearly 80 per cent, include a collections gallery, which will display work on loan for a year from individuals, artists and other collections.
A commissions gallery will house changing installations of artwork created especially for the room. And another new space will house historic artefacts from the Whitechapel's own archive. The development will dramatically extend the amount of time the gallery is open to the public. It currently has to close for up to 10 weeks a year to allow for the installation of exhibitions. The project will complete in 2007.