The National Gallery in London announced that the team led by Selldorf Architects has been selected to complete a suite of capital projects to mark the Gallery’s Bicentenary, with an initial phase to be completed in 2024. The team, comprised of Purcell, Vogt Landscape, Arup, AEA Consulting, Pentagram, Kaizen, and Kendrick Hobbs will work with the National Gallery to complete the initial phase of works to its Trafalgar Square buildings to greatly improve the ‘welcome’ it provides to the millions of visitors it receives each year. This will include remodeling parts of the Sainsbury Wing and the public realm, and the provision of a new Research Centre. The interventions will be pivotal in reshaping the National Gallery for its third century and the next generation of visitors.
Director of the National Gallery, Dr Gabriele Finaldi said: ‘We are delighted to appoint Selldorf Architects as the design-team partner for NG200. Throughout the selection process, Selldorf Architects demonstrated a real understanding of our ambitions as well as sensitivity to the heritage of our existing buildings.’
Annabelle Selldorf added: ‘It is an honour to be appointed to work alongside the National Gallery on their NG200 project. This is a significant opportunity for an iconic cultural institution to reflect on its ambitions for the future and drive forwards an innovative, bespoke brief befit for its many visitors. The National Gallery is home to one of the most exceptional collections of art in the world and has often led the way for other institutions globally. Our team will work sensitively and thoughtfully with the National Gallery, guided by their vision for a Gallery of the future that is inspiring, sustainable, and truly inclusive.’
For more information see the article in Architects’ Journal, and read the National Gallery’s Press Release on their website here. The competition was held by Malcolm Reading Consultants.