Carmody Groarke and TRANS architectuur | stedenbouw have won a Baumeister international two stage design competition to design an extension to the Design Museum Gent.
The new building for Design Museum Gent creates a distinctive new architectural figure for the city of Gent which faces outwards in all directions from its tight-grained historic context.
It is designed as a new ‘house’ which provides generous rooms at each level for exhibition, events and archiving. The house completes a gap in the set-piece of the picturesque streetscape and links the museum spaces of new and old architecture in one continuous circulation loop around the central courtyard garden for the first time. The appearance of the building at ground level is deliberately very open to encourage exploration and chance encounter of a passer-by to enter the museum and explore its collection.
The building’s characteristic form relates to rooms aligned to key views of the city and is topped with a loft gallery which connects the function of a new public living-room for the city with the ad-hoc roofscape of Gent. Continue reading Carmody Groarke . TRANS
The house was constructed in 1756 and significantly rebuilt in 1829 by William John Donthorn, one of the original founders of the Royal Institute of British Architects. Originally designed as a hunting lodge, the house has seen several substantial extensions including large formal wings to each side of the symmetrical plan and incorporation of a grand staircase inside. The original building and its extensions have been encapsulated in several layers of external brickwork to give this evolving composition an architectural coherence and resulting in substantial walls up to one metre thick in places. Continue reading Carmody Groarke
Working with the National Trust for Scotland Carmody Groarke has designed a conservation project that will enable crucial work to be carried out on Charles Rennie Mackinstosh’s renowned Hill House in Helensburgh, Scotland. Continue reading Carmody Groarke
The British Film Institute (BFI) Southbank accommodates the UK’s largest independent cinema house and National Film Archive. It was originally built beneath the arches of Waterloo Bridge in the 1950s as the National Film Theatre. Its prominent location facing the River Thames benefits from the footfall of the South Bank, one of the busiest pedestrianised promenades in Europe. However, given the building’s age, the public image entrance and general circulation spaces of the entire complex are tired, outdated and poorly equipped to welcome visitors. Continue reading Carmody Groarke