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David Chipperfield Architects expands Turner Contemporary art gallery with new hostel in Kent

United Kingdom - Aug 10, 2018 - 12:37   714 views

David Chipperfield Architects has released its proposal for a new hostel that will function as the expansion of the Turner Contemporary art gallery on the Kent coastline.

An elongated all-white colored building will be situated just next to the existing gallery to provide accommodation to the gallery’s facilities, housing visitors and group events, such as conferences, that are related to the Turner Contemporary programme. 

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Dubbed Turner Rooms, the project on the Margate waterfront represents a new phase for Turner Contemporary art gallery, growing its vision and securing its financial future. 

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"The proposal provides the existing building with spaces to expand its range of cultural and artistic activities, broadening its appeal and offering new ways for people to engage with the gallery and town, and to encounter for themselves thechanging light conditions of the Kent coastline that first drew J. M. W. Turner to the area," said David Chipperfield Architects.

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The hostel will contain 100 simple, functional sea-facing rooms across four levels, which are designed to be accessible in price and flexible in arrangement. 

On the lower levels, meeting rooms, social spaces, and a cafe/brasserie will be opened out onto the surrounding terrace to engage with its surrounding.

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"Based on knowledge of the site, its surrounding context and the ambitions of the cultural institution, the new building would work together with the art gallery, allowing it to decant some activities, such as the cafe and events space, thereby liberating extra space for exhibition and display," added the firm.

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It is expected that the project would attract major private donations and sponsorship to cover the construction costs and subsidise the Turner Rooms project, as well as generate an endowment for Turner Contemporary that would allow it to expand its social and educational role within the community.

The project was independently conceived by David Chipperfield Architects and givento Turner Contemporary on a pro bono basis.

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