Practice to create outdoor gallery

Planet Earth to redesign prime London site

By Rachel Sixsmith A small firm from London is to create one of Europe’s biggest outdoor art galleries after winning a competition to redesign an open space beside Tate Britain and the Chelsea College of Art & Design. The Landscape Institute-supported project saw a panel of judges choose a design by Planet Earth over entries from leading practices LDA Design and Nightingale Associates. Planet Earth is looking to expand its team after being given just a year to complete the project. Chief executive Matt Davies said: “It’s brilliant. Because it is right next to Tate Britain, it’s such an opportunity for us. It’s a listed building so we need to start talking to English Heritage and Westminster council.” The winning design is divided according to the “golden section” — measurements based on pHi. These measurements help form the basis of a grid system with glass structures and a lighting system that can be changed for various events. Funded by a £1.5m gift from sponsor Rootstein Hopkins Space, the former parade ground of the Royal Army Medical College will be transformed into both a space for events, such as art exhibitions and fashion shows, and a studio space for students. Davies said: “It’s providing all sorts of services for the artists — not just an art gallery.” Landscape Institute representative Terry Anderson was on the judging panel with college personnel and sponsor Deirdre Hopkins. He said: “It was the simplicity of the design and the understanding of the relationship of the space to Tate Britain that made [Planet Earth] the winner.”

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