The National Gallery in London has announced the architect for his upcoming renovation which is part of a bicentennial celebration scheduled for the museum in 2024.
Selldorf Architects will be in charge of the renovation related to a competition project called the NG200 project.
Selldorff defeated Chipperfield Architects and four other UK-based firms for what would be the institution’s largest commission in two decades. The company is emerging from a recent successful renovation of the Frick Collection in New York, and will now turn to another large-scale museum project with the potential for huge institutional impacts at a critical moment for culture at large.
The £ 25-30million project will modernize the museum’s Sainsbury wing as well as some public spaces around its entrance to Trafalgar Square.
The Grade I listed building will receive a new home and research facility in addition to exterior upgrades and other “interventions” to the original structure designed by Venturi, Scott Brown in 1991. A first report had indicated that the restoration would be in three phases and would culminate with the demolition of the adjacent St. Vincent House and the installation of new office space although it is not clear if this will be part of the team’s plan. Selldorf at this time.
Museum of Fine Arts director Gabriele Finaldi called the restoration effort a catalyst that would help the in trouble museum “let’s fight our exit [of] the crisis ”created by the Covid-19 in a statement to the art journal.
The plans will be submitted to Westminster in the fall. If approved, work will start later next year with a first phase scheduled in time for the bicentenary in May 2024. The rest of the project is expected to be completed by the end of 2026.