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Silvestrin renovates Parasol gallery

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The first images of a major gallery renovation designed by John Pawson's former partner Claudio Silvestrin have been revealed today.

The Parasol Unit Foundation for Contemporary Art (pictured), in east London, has announced plans to host a number of architecturally informed installations by Swiss artist Mario Sala from next week.

The Hoxton gallery is housed in a former warehouse building next to the Victoria Miro Gallery on Wharf Road.

Silvestrin completed an intensive spate of renovation work earlier on in the summer in time for Sala's exhibition.

This will be the first time the entire gallery has been used and it has been architecturally adapted to meet the demands of an exhibition.

Sala plans to build temporary walls that will stretch the length of the gallery (24 metres). His exhibition will open on 15 October.

A reading area, artist-in-residence studio and café area are set to open in the building early in 2006.

by Rob Sharp

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