York Art Gallery

Simpson and Brown Architects

York Art Gallery is a public gallery in York city centre. The Grade II* listed building was built in 1879. Due to the high natural light levels the large Victorian exhibition hall was not well suited to the display of paintings and the main hall was divided with a suspended ceiling in the 1950s, concealing the elaborate trussed structure of its ceiling and roof. The project created a new ‘Secret Gallery’ in the roof space and a ceramic-clad roof top gallery, increasing exhibition space by 60%. The main design challenges were to insert an entire new floor into the main space, to superimpose a new storey above the existing south gallery, and to add a new access deck to the rear elevation - all without compromising the architectural and historical integrity of the original building.

Location

York Art Gallery
Exhibition Square
YORK Y01 7EW
United Kingdom

Contact

Liz Simpson
Associate/Project Architect
admin@simpsonandbrown.co.uk

Client

York Museum Trust

Completed

Size

Contract Value

£8m

Categories

  • Arts
  • Conservation
  • Education
  • Historic
  • Landscaping
  • Public
  • Refurbishment
  • Sustainability