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Nick Brown wins go-ahead for copper-topped private gallery

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Nick Brown Architects has won approval for this 331m² private gallery in the grounds of the Grade II*-listed Austhorpe Hall in east Leeds


Replacing a series of out-buildings within the grounds of the 1694 house, the scheme for art dealer G Tomassi features a copper-roofed building clad in hand-made brick.

Work is expected to completed early next year.

2015 076 Austhorpe Hall G08 Plans Rev


Architect’s view

To create a private gallery space within the setting of the existing house. In ordersetting, we have chosen to replace a collection of out-buildings with a sensitively designed modern building that sits comfortably within the sloping gradient of the site.

The new building form is broken down into component parts that reflect the scale and form of the different gallery spaces within. Externally, the simple forms are clad in a hand-made brick to match Austhorpe Hall. The roof material, copper, has been chosen due to its relationship with time. Copper takes 50-60 years to transform from the initial orange/red colour to the green patina, and this length of time is important. We wanted to reflect the fact that the architecture, as with the artwork housed within, has a greater longevity than human beings. This has been so admirably shown by Austhorpe Hall itself, and we wanted to compliment it with the addition of another high quality building that stands the test of time.

2015 076 Austhorpe Hall G08 Elevations Rev


Project data

Architect Nick Brown Architects
Location Crossgates, Leeds
Type of project Private Gallery
Client G Tomassi
Funding Private
Tender date March 2016
Start on site date May 2016
Contract duration 32 weeks
Gross internal floor area 331m²
Form of contract and/or procurement Traditional
Total cost undisclosed
Structural engineer dp(squared)
M&E consultant Silcock Leedham
Quantity surveyor Evolve
Planning consultant ID Planning
Lighting consultant Silcock Leedham
Main contractor TBC

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