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French architect plans new gallery for film star farm

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An art gallery is to open in the historic Somerset farm buildings featured in the Johnny Depp film Chocolat.

Fench architect Laplace & Co and Somerset-based conservation specialists Benjamin + Beauchamp will play key roles in the project to restore and convert the Durslade Farm buildings in Bruton for modern art specialists Hauser & Wirth.

The facility, which will include an arts centre, is scheduled to open in 2014 after gaining listed building consent last month. It is expected to attract 40,000 visitors per year.

Hauser & Wirth president Iwan Wirth said: ‘We see ourselves as custodians of these beautiful historic buildings, and we are delighted to be bringing a world-class facility and public resource to the people of Bruton and Somerset.’

Durslade Farm was built as a model farm and has architectural details dating back to the 1760s. Its farmhouse and outbuildings were used in the 2000 film Chocolat.

Laplace & Co is design and concept architect for the arts gallery scheme; Benjamin + Beauchamp is conservation and heritage architect and Piet Oudolf is landscape designer.

Dursdale Farm, Somerset

Source: Aaron Schuman

Dursdale Farm, Somerset

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