The circular window reflects Milton Keynes' defining landscape and grid
6a architects for MK Gallery
Contract value: £7m
Cost per m2: £3,395
The old 1999 MK Gallery has been revitalised and expanded into a whole new, shiny, public living room for the city. Its circular window at the centre of its stainless-steel-gridded facade reflects the city’s defining landscape and grid. It promulgates itself as a place for everyone, recognisable to all, from taxi drivers to schoolchildren. Gallery space has been doubled, and a new auditorium, education rooms and café allow for an ambitious programme. All the spaces, some inspired by 1970s ‘Habitat’ store colours, are environmentally attenuated to allow for the display of sensitive works as well as to ensure a sustainable building that will remain financially viable and future-fit.