New designs for Turner Contemporary
by David Chipperfield Architects



David Chipperfield Architects have presented new designs for Turner Contemporary, an arts building proposed for the seafront at Margate, England.


The design has evolved significantly since Dezeen wrote about it back in June. Image credits: David Chipperfield Architects.

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Here's the press release from Chipperfield's office:


David Chipperfield presented the latest designs for the new gallery for Turner Contemporary at The Theatre Royal, Margate, on Tuesday 16 October 2007.

Since the designs were last shown in June, David Chipperfield Architects has been working closely with Kent County Council and the wider client team, as well as taking on comments that were raised by members of the public. The blueprint for the building has evolved considerably and now comprises six rectangular interlocking forms.

Positioned on a plinth and on two floors rather than three, the building retains a strong sculptural presence on the site. The roofline has been changed to reflect more closely other architecture in Margate and enables northern light to be brought into all the gallery spaces at the first floor level. In addition the choice of white opaque glass as the cladding material has been influenced by the nature of the building, site and light.

Visitors will experience an element of surprise and drama when moving through the building. There will be some panoramic views out to sea as well as the opportunity to view the town and the bay from the café on the ground floor. A spectacular double height space in the gallery on the ground floor will serve to showcase new commissions. A large, multi-function space on the ground floor, with an external terrace, will allow a wide range of events and activities to take place as part of the gallery’s programme.

The first floor will house all the gallery spaces including the young people’s gallery and a studio space for use by groups including schools. This floor will also feature a balcony that cantilevers out over the ground floor gallery and allows spectacular views out to sea.

Back of house space including offices, storage and workshop have been placed on both floors. These areas will not be accessible to members of the public but are critical for the smooth operation of the gallery.

Speaking about the latest design, David Chipperfield said: "We have developed the design following the public meeting in June to take maximum advantage of such a dramatic setting with its extraordinary views. Our building will look out to the sea, connect itself to the town and capture the same unique light that inspired Turner."

Posted on Tuesday October 16th 2007 at 7:41 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • It looks great!

  • it is beautiful as usual! Chipperfield is great!

  • hmmhmm

    The building is nice, but the reflections on water in the night view are amateur…

  • Hannah

    I am currently doing a project on margate at UCCA in Canterbury, my work will be exhibited in margate around April 2008. I am trying to prove margate is a possitive place, although the town is extreamly run down, there is still beauty and history there. This new building is suposed to turn Margate into a new and improved attraction, that brings business to the local shops so that they can rejuvenate them and make the town more attractive. The picture of what the building is expected to look like is a lovely piece of arcitecture, but I feel that it has no relevance to Margate it’self and looks completelt out of place. In this setting, with the history sorrounding Margate and the beautiful scenary, I would expect somthing more traditional and simpathetic of the old seaside town. I did not expect this modern monstrosity that will take over the town and defeat the object of what J.M.W Turner was achieving by painting the beatiful sunsets and scenay of Margate.

  • Hannah

    Very beautiful building- not in keeping with this old seaside town though!
    I know that this project is also designed to regenerate the old run down town of margate but by putting an ultra modern building next to a load of run down seaside town houses and fishing boats really isn’t the way forward. Serious reconsidering is needed! I mean come on J.M.W Turner??? He is what made margate so famous! using him in an art gallery in margate…brilliant but not in this building… he was born in 1775…not 2075!!!!!

  • Lee

    Wow nice building but its the worst idea the corrupt and Incompetent council of thanet has ever come up with. This building repersents every bad discion they have ever made and is just a symbol of the waste of tax payers money that has gone into it. The temperary turner museum that used to be M&S is always empty so i think they should take to hint that no one wants to go and see the displays. I have lived in thanet all my life and it upsets me when i think about all the good times i had in margate when i was a younger and i think that prioty should not be this center that no one in thanet wants (i have not met one person who thinks this is a good idea) but should be invested in Dreamland opening up the margate caves the shell grotto spending some money on the beach and maybe building something that people will actully want to visit. I feel very strongly on this issue aswell as a vast amount of people i know who will back me up on this this. I dont visit margate anymore because their is nothing there and soon there and i will never set foot in this building because it is everything that is wrong with margate.

  • William

    It’s looks a bit menacing from where I’m standing. Surely the form of the thing is not right?

  • William

    ….Margate that is. Not sure about the building yet.