The National Gallery has released polished proposals for Selldorf Architects’ £30million upgrade to its Trafalgar Square buildings, designed to mark 200 years of the institution.and birthday in 2024.
New York firm Selldorf beat a shortlist including David Chipperfield Architects, Caruso St John, Witherford Watson Mann, Asif Khan, Donald Insall, Publica and David Kohn Architects to land the NG200 project in July last year. In February, it went public with its initial designs.
Now the National Gallery has released further images of more detailed proposals to reconfigure Grade I listed buildings, drawn up following an initial round of public consultation earlier this year.
They include remodeling the facade of the Sainsbury’s Wing to provide lighter colored doors and a newly configured lobby, removing the build up of queues of people outside waiting to enter and replacing existing darker glass to allow more natural light into the lobby. Parts of the ceiling will also be removed to create a more open space and clearer views over Trafalgar Square.
Further work will see the creation of a new and refurbished library and reading room, as well as a new archive store and accessible storage. The Pigott Education Center will be redesigned and renovated and new offices for staff, research fellows and students will be provided.
The project also aims to make better use of back room spaces within the gallery, including an updated research center and dedicated members’ area, designed to increase the gallery’s long-term commercial sustainability.
Changes to the public realm immediately outside the gallery will see new seating, paving and trees installed in Trafalgar Square.
Drop-in events as part of a second round of consultation on the proposals are taking place at the Sainsbury’s Wing on Thursday May 26, 1-5 p.m. and Saturday May 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
The National Gallery said it plans to submit a planning application for the proposals later this summer. The initial phase of the work is expected to be completed by 2024
The Selldorf Architects team includes Purcell, Vogt Landscape, Arup, AEA Consulting, Pentagram, Kaizen, L’Observatoire and Kendrick Hobbs.