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Rowan Moore On MUMA's Extension To Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery

Rowan Moore On MUMA's Extension To Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery
Rowan Moore On MUMA's Extension To Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery, The sun drenched interior promenade. Image Courtesy of The Whitworth
The sun drenched interior promenade. Image Courtesy of The Whitworth

In an article for The Observer, Rowan Moore visits Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery (1908), a compact museum which has now undergone a comprehensive restoration and extension by MUMA (McInnes Usher McKnight). The practice, who won the job against 130 other bids for the project, worked with a budget of £15million in order to realise an ambitious brief. Their interventions and innovations, many of which are modest and unseen, have not only reconnected the building with its surrounding parkland but also elevated the interior rooms into world-class exhibition spaces. For Moore, their work is striking but muted: "the virtues of the new Whitworth – sustainable, accessible, sensitive, thoughtful – could all be synonyms for 'dull' or at least 'worthy'. But, thanks to its pleasures of light and material, it is not. It is a job very well done."

Read the article in full here.

The Whitworth's new extension / MUMA. Image Courtesy of The Whitworth
The Whitworth's new extension / MUMA. Image Courtesy of The Whitworth

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Cite: James Taylor-Foster. "Rowan Moore On MUMA's Extension To Manchester's Whitworth Art Gallery" 04 Feb 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/594937/rowan-moore-on-muma-s-extension-to-manchester-s-whitworth-art-gallery/> ISSN 0719-8884
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