Henry Moore Institute, Leeds
With Dixon Jones
The Institute occupies a row of Victorian merchant’s buildings that, as a result of demolition in the thirties, had been exposed on their flank to a new public space. The project consisted of the renovation, extension and re-configuring of these buildings into a modern gallery dedicated to contemporary sculpture.
New interventions included a new entrance facade on the exposed flank, a new double height courtyard infill and a bridge across to the neighbouring Leeds City Art Gallery. The ground floor is given over to gallery space and the upper levels house a study centre and administration spaces.
The entrance facade is conceived as a piece of minimalist sculpture in polished and honed granite placed against the mute flank. A tall slot marks the entrance to the galleries which are designed as a sequence of neutral rooms with varying proportions and day lighting.