Turner ContemporaryEdit profile
The new Turner Contemporary in Margate, on the north coast of Kent, celebrates the town's association with the English painter JMW Turner, who exclaimed the skies over Thant (the north eastern tip of Kent) are the loveliest in all of Europe. The new gallery is located on a prominent seafront, previously a car park, where a guesthouse frequented by Turner once stood.
The new two storey building has been designed to maximise both the dramatic setting between sea and land and the extraordinary light conditions unique to this area which inspired Turner well over a century ago. It is formed of six identical crystalline volumes with mono-pitched roofs providing north light to the gallery spaces and revealing daily and seasonal light changes. The Turner Contemporary offers spectacular views to the sea, enabling the visitor to locate him-or herself within a broader landscape. Views into and out of the building encourage a sense of participation in the community.
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