Farrells has released these images of a £26 million revamp and extension of the Great North Museum in Newcastle, which was granted planning permission earlier this month. The project will bring together under one roof three disparate collections of artefacts to be accessible to both students and the general public alike - what the practice terms the perfect instance of 'town meets gown'. Two thirds of the existing building, currently know as the Hancock Museum, will be stripped back to its core to produce a series of themed spaces. The furthest reaches of the site will feature a landscaped garden at the south end, with 'live exhibits', and a new extension to house learning spaces and 'special exhibitions' at the north that will meet with the Newcastle University buildings located behind.
Farrells claims that the final look of the facade could well be informed by the work of an artist, as was the case with the architect's acclaimed Home Office building in London. The interiors of the building have been designed by Dinah Casson of Casson Mann, who was responsible for the V&A's British Galleries.