The concept behind the Art Gallery is to create a sunken multi-use public amphitheatre that is protected on this exposed site from the effects of the traffic and the weather.
The Gallery contains exhibition spaces, meeting rooms, a lecture hall, a library/archive, a shop, cafe, restaurant and all of the ancillary spaces required to back up these spaces. The Gallery’s internal layout is simple and flexible. The sliding internal walls allow for increased flexibility to create a variety of spaces and experiences.
The three storey Gallery turns its back on the busy road and opens up completely onto the amphitheatre. There are few openings on the roadside elevation.
The contemporary forms are organic in contrast to the traditional architecture which dominates the area. The elevational treatment is simple white painted render and aluminium framed windows and doors.