O'Donnell + Tuomey's new Photographers' Gallery unveiled
Published: Tuesday, June 12, 2012
(Photo by Dennis Gilbert)
In May 2012, the Photographers’ Gallery unveiled its new home for international and British photography in the heart of London's Soho. O’Donnell + Tuomey were commissioned in 2007 to redevelop the gallery and construction began in autumn 2010. The transformed building features a two-storey extension that will double the size of the previous exhibition space. Providing a platform for an enhanced programme of exhibitions, the generously proportioned galleries will showcase established and emerging photographic talent from the UK and around the world.
A sculpted terrazzo entrance with an open plan design connects the ground-level café and lower-ground bookshop to the street, creating a welcoming meeting place and lively hub for visitors. A centrepiece of the ground floor will be‘The Wall’, a digital display of guest-curated projects, artist commissions and collaborative photographic work involving the public.
Extending over a further five floors, the original Victorian red-brick warehouse is linked to a modern steel-framed extension through an external sleeve of black render, terrazzo and sustainably sourced Angelim Pedra wood. The architects have created numerous links between exterior and interior, punctuating the building with large feature windows which function as apertures onto the urban realm around Oxford Street.