Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art

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Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art
The new Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art gallery building and adjoining
Public Square are part of the redevelopment of the town centre in
Middlesbrough, a community of approximately 150,000 inhabitants in the North
East of England, serving as commercial and cultural centre for an area of about
650,000 people.
With the aim to create ‘economic success and cultural diversity’ Middlesbrough’s
redevelopment focused on the attraction of leisure and retail facilities, the
redesign of major streets and, as a key project, the redevelopment of
Middlesbrough’s central Victoria Square, including the new art gallery.
The project was won in 2002 by (EEA) Erick van Egeraat associated architects
through an international competition, the public square has been designed in
conjunction with Dutch landscape architects West 8.
The winning design presents an ideas and architectural approach to the master
plan of a central site, including the location of the gallery and its relationship to
the proposed square and other existing civic buildings.
The project is defined by a single public open space, clearly identifiable with
distinct areas, that encourages active use, strengthens connections with the
surrounding streets and supports pedestrian movement throughout the town
centre.
The new art gallery is located on the south side of the Square and represents the
first phase of implementing a coherent and vibrant new cultural quarter with
public activities.
The new gallery houses Middlesbrough’s collection of modern arts and crafts as
well as temporary exhibitions on approximately 4.000 m2 of gallery space,
furthermore a café, restaurant, shop and education spaces.
The building itself is separated into two distinct building parts reflecting the
public and support functions inside, with the exhibition space overlapping the two
and the public foyer linking them together. The form and materials of the building
express this duality of the concept, while respecting the scale and material of the
surrounding buildings.
The public spaces directly face the square with the education and entertainment
areas taking advantage of the views. This public side of the building, including
main entrance to foyer, café and shop is spacious, open and inviting and enables
easy access to the gallery.
The creation of a layered, transparent façade enhances the openness and the
visual connections between the square, the town and the gallery’s interior thus
optimising the relationship between MIMA and the revitalised public and cultural
quarter of Middlesbrough. The new Middlesbrough Institute of Modern Art gallery building and adjoiningPublic Square are part of the redevelopment of the town centre inMiddlesbrough, a community of approximately 150,000 inhabitants in the NorthEast of England, serving as commercial and cultural centre for an area of about650,000 people.

With the aim to create ‘economic success and cultural diversity’ Middlesbrough’sredevelopment focused on the attraction of leisure and retail facilities, theredesign of major streets and, as a key project, the redevelopment ofMiddlesbrough’s central Victoria Square, including the new art gallery.

The project was won in 2002 by (EEA) Erick van Egeraat associated architectsthrough an international competition, the public square has been designed inconjunction with Dutch landscape architects West 8.

The winning design presents an ideas and architectural approach to the masterplan of a central site, including the location of the gallery and its relationship tothe proposed square and other existing civic buildings.

The project is defined by a single public open space, clearly identifiable withdistinct areas, that encourages active use, strengthens connections with thesurrounding streets and supports pedestrian movement throughout the town centre.

The new art gallery is located on the south side of the Square and represents thefirst phase of implementing a coherent and vibrant new cultural quarter with public activities.

The new gallery houses Middlesbrough’s collection of modern arts and crafts aswell as temporary exhibitions on approximately 4.000 m2 of gallery space, furthermore a café, restaurant, shop and education spaces.

The building itself is separated into two distinct building parts reflecting thepublic and support functions inside, with the exhibition space overlapping the twoand the public foyer linking them together. The form and materials of the buildingexpress this duality of the concept, while respecting the scale and material of the surrounding buildings.

The public spaces directly face the square with the education and entertainmentareas taking advantage of the views. This public side of the building, includingmain entrance to foyer, café and shop is spacious, open and inviting and enableseasy access to the gallery.

The creation of a layered, transparent façade enhances the openness and thevisual connections between the square, the town and the gallery’s interior thusoptimising the relationship between MIMA and the revitalised public and culturalquarter of Middlesbrough.

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