Destroyed in the 1940s by a bomb and sitting alongside one of the city’s most beloved galleries. Galleries are complex buildings – paintings need to be lit, protected and maintained without detracting from the viewer’s enjoyment.
A new gallery wing was crafted to house a core exhibition of particularly sensitive Renaissance paintings. The modern exterior is elegant and subtle, complementing the original 1830’s gallery and connecting it to Trafalgar Square.
The Sainsbury Wing combines functional efficiency, a modern appeal and, crucially in the face of such a famous site, subtlety. It has attracted millions of visitors since its opening in 1991.
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