National Gallery, London
Client: National Gallery
Date: Completed 1986
Six practices were invited to design an extension to house the National Gallery’s early Renaissance collection. An inexperience of major public commissions and a tendency to eloborate rather than simplfy are apparent in the CZWG entry.
The plan was absolutely right - the clarity of the entrance level, the main stair joining with the bridge from the existing building, the long central gallery down the length of the site, the returning arcade overlooking Trafalgar Square. Also, the necessary projection of the building in front of Wilkin’s building -line to an angled Pall Mall East was well solved with the drum.
It should have been left at that, without the boardroom on top, the eloborate entrance portico or the scalloped glass on the square.