Manchester’s redeveloped Whitworth Art Gallery reopens
London-based architectural practice, MUMA, has designed the Whitworth Art Gallery project. Completed in 2015, the modern gallery is located in Moss Side, Manchester, England and opened today with a major Cornelia Parker exhibition.
The Whitworth, part of The University of Manchester, reopened its doors on 14 February, following a £15 million transformation.
The redevelopment project by MUMA who also designed the V&A’s Medieval Renaissance Galleries has transformed the 125 year old Whitworth into a 21st-century gallery in the park.
At the heart of MUMA’s redevelopment project is creation of of an elegant glass, stainless steel and brick extension, which includes two new wings extended into Whitworth Park from the existing 19th-century building.
Drawing on the gallery’s heritage as the first English gallery in the park, the new wings create an art garden between them and have been connected by a glass promenade overlooking the surrounding landscape.
Dr Maris Balshaw, director of the Whitworth, said: “We have long held the view that the gallery and the park should be a unified experience for our visitors. Our new building makes this a reality.”
The Whitworth Art Gallery reopens on February 14 with a Cornelia Parker exhibition, whitworth.manchester.ac.uk
Images courtesy of Alan Williams
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