In order to accommodate the developing project we proposed a language of forms as functional elements. These were limited in number and had a distinct personality, as actors on set. Each one can be positioned where best suited for a particular scene. Their individual purpose revealed as the story
unfolds. The site has been envisaged as three distinct, though interrelated, zones: The central space is cleared of clutter, leaving dark parquet floors, exposed services, and concrete
structure. The resulting 'black-box' has the character appropriate for independent film, and contemporary productions. This space services the spaces around it.
The first of these is a pair of galleries for Photography, Film and Digital Media. These spaces are treated as classical galleries.
Through careful detailing they are made elegant. The galleries are lit beautifully, by daylight, by genuine gallery lighting, or
a controlled mixture of both. Distractions such as the window mullions are masked through layered blinds: The windows to the north and those newly revealed on the east are protected by Anti- Glare blinds, Light control blinds and Blackout blinds providing the scope essential for the broad range of exhibitions proposed. As a part of this restoration the
hardwood floors are exposed and refinished where necessary.
The Eastern wing is the second of these spaces. This space, which faces the main lift block, allows for a Library, for a relaxed
and adult cafe, for introductory galleries and orientation. The cafe counter can also sell tickets. To make the scheme visible we
removed infill panels between the performance space and their surroundings. These would be glazed so that the performance space was rendered visible. The treatment of the remaining windows provide a visual connection to the outside world,
representing the far greater outreach that the galleries will provide.
Museum and Gallery for Lens based Art