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MK Gallery Expansion: Architects Appointed


MK Gallery Expansion: Appointment of architects announced


We are delighted to announce the appointment of 6A architects to work on our ambitious plans for expansion on our current site in Milton Keynes.


The planned development, due to open in 2017, to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Milton Keynes, will enable us to enhance the scale and ambition for our world class contemporary arts programme broadening our cultural offer, attracting and serving an ever wider range of visitors. The plans include doubling our current exhibition spaces and providing purpose-built event, community and learning facilities, independent cinema, café and bookshop, on the current site in Theatre District, Milton Keynes.


6a architects has emerged as one of the leading young architectural practices in the UK. The practice, which was founded by Tom Emerson and Stephanie Macdonald in 2001 after meeting at the Royal College of Art, first came to public attention for its subtle and inventive use of materials in the transformation of existing buildings into spaces for contemporary art.


Recent projects include the critically acclaimed extension to the South London Gallery (New London Architecture Award 2011 and Civic Trust Award Commendation 2012), Raven Row, a contemporary art gallery in Spitalfields, east London (RIBA Award & nomination for the Stirling Prize), and the new Fashion Galleries in the Octagon Court at the V&A Museum. Current projects include a new building for Churchill College in Cambridge and a photography studio for Juergen Teller.


The practice has won several major architectural competitions and international awards including an RIBA Award and the Schelling Medal for European Architecture 2012 and was nominated for the Mies Van de Rohe Award for European Architecture for all three of its recent galleries.


MK Gallery is the only international contemporary visual arts organisation within a 40-mile radius and is now established as a key cultural asset for Milton Keynes.


Anthony Spira, Director of MK Gallery, said today: “ Milton Keynes epitomises the modern. Its association with technological innovation in this country, with such landmark developments as Bletchley Park and the Open University, its energy and pace of growth are inspiring. We hope our plans for the new development will capture that energy and creativity and create a cultural destination worthy of this city for the next generation.