Thursday, July 27, 2006

Hooray Hooray It's a Turner Contemporary Day!


An “internationally recognised”, firm of architects has been appointed to develop the design for the landmark Turner Contemporary in Margate.

David Chipperfield Architects, from London, has been given the go-ahead to commence work on the new project.  – or white elephant, depending on your opinion -.

The new building is planned to be completed in 2009.

Thanet council leader Sandy Ezekiel said: “To see this project moving forward so quickly is excellent news for the regeneration of Margate. Turner Contemporary is key to our plans for the town and we are delighted that it remains on track for a delivery date of 2009.”

David Chipperfield Architects was established in 1984 and the practice currently has 130 staff at its offices in London and Berlin, with representative offices in Milan and Shanghai.

It has won over 20 national and international competitions and many international awards and citations for design excellence, including RIBA, RFAC and AIA awards, as well as the Andrea Palladio Prize.

Margate is the icing on the cake of a long and distinguished history!


Dane Valley Ted said...

Chipperfields !!!!!
Oh Boy,this is going to be fun

Ready,Take Aim,FIRE.

Anonymous said...

Quite appropriate for a circus name to do it!
Nice that V Pomery and all the other big noises had their all expenses trip around Scandinavia before the contract was given to an English company.
Another 50million quid will go down the drain now I guess...........
What a waste of time and money.

worm said...

I look forward to seeing the new design. I can't wait for it to open.

Anonymous said...

anon again!

I can see the accepted design now.
3Poles, a lot of sawdust and seats under a big top inside, and from the outside, a garey red/white/blue striped effect tent, bit like the millenium dome, with a load of horses and efelumps running about.... and some pictures hanging on the sides of large trucks....
The mind boggles at this time of day in Thanet...

Anonymous said...

At least real people might want to go and visit a circus. Not the mythical hoards expected to visit the Thanet Contemptable.

Anonymous said...

With the negative reactions of most of the commentators on here, Thanet does not stand a chance. There seems to be some sort of inverted snobbery against the concept of an art gallery and the people who might visit it. Turner is a part of Thanet's history, so why not build on this and put Thanet on a map other than the one that shows a "kiss me quick" hat and a string of amusement arcades. In my view there is room for both.

The Turner Centre, assuming the cheapening hands of the local MP and his friends do not wreck it, will provide a focal point, something new and exciting. If you do not want to visit it, then don't, but "talking it down" will achieve absolutely nothing for Margate.

It is the same as the ambivalent attitude towards Tracey Emins adopted by the Council and others. Her art is not to my taste, but she is a "name" and could benefit Margate. But given the attitude displayed towards her locally, why should she bother?

Anonymous said...

I concur with Anonymous (3:40pm).
I'm embarassed by the opinions of many fellow residents - other areas of the country would jump at this opportunity.
Regardless of whether you think art is the right way to promote regeneration, it's a move in the right direction.

The area needs something of substance like this, Someting that will bring a more "up-market" side to Margate (and I do think this is achievable).