Skilful use of natural daylight and a hierarchy of spaces
Hugh Broughton Architects for The Harley Foundation
Contract value: £4.73m
GIA: 874 m²
Building of the Year sponsored by Marley Eternit
RIBA East Midlands Sustainability Award sponsored by SIKA
RIBA East Midlands Conservation Award sponsored by Nottingham Trent University
The Portland Collection of paintings, sculpture, books, tapestries and furniture is one of the finest in private hands in Britain. Now it can be seen by the general public for the first time, in a carefully crafted new building. Utilising a disused horse training yard, the building creates a subtle design that sits perfectly in the grounds of the grade 1 listed Welbeck Abbey.
The scheme uses existing stone walls while new elevations are crisply detailed in contrasting yet complementary handmade Danish brick. Protruding barrel vaulted zinc roofs provide a dynamic roofline.
Internally, the entrance provides framed views into the courtyard and landscape beyond. The galleries skilfully use natural daylight and a hierarchy of spaces to show off the Portland Collection to its best advantage. It is exemplary in using sustainable energy sources to provide the exacting environmental requirements of a fine art gallery.