Whitechapel Gallery set to reopen

An expanded Whitechapel Gallery opens to the public this weekend.

The renovation work has increased gallery space by 78 per cent.

While Belgian architect Robbrecht en Daem and London practice Witherford Watson Mann – in collaboration with artist Rachel Whiteread – have worked over the past two years to bring about the latest £13.5m incarnation of the former library, a design team including Project Orange, Artek, Jason Bruges Studio, Dunnett Craven, Holmes Wood and Kvadrat have been instrumental in realising the interiors and exhibition space.

Finnish furniture company Artek has supplied furniture for the public spaces. Designs by Ingemar Jonsson at Tom Dixon will be a key feature. Project Orange created the Dining Room.

Jason Bruges Studio has designed an exterior lighting scheme for the gallery, to give a sense of unity to the two facades of the building.

Signage consultancy Holmes Wood has created the environmental graphics for the gallery, including external and internal wayfinding schemes, extending the branding designed by Spin into a three-dimensional solution within the space.

Danish textile and soft furnishings consultancy Kvadrat is supporting the permanent installation of a new artwork by Liam Gillick.

The Whitechapel Gallery, Whitechapel High Street, London E1 opens with exhibitions including Isa Genzken: Open Sesame! on Sunday 5 April.

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