Whitechapel Art Gallery

Robbrecht en Daem, Witherford Watson Mann, London, 2009


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A cartouche by artist Rachel Whiteread will appear in the white space on the front facade 

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  • A cartouche by artist Rachel Whiteread will appear in the white space on the front facade    
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  • First floor archive gallery and reading room    
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  • The restored gable viewed from within the third floor studio    
  • The new top floor gallery is lined-out within the existing Victorian roof structure    
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  • Two rooflights in the ground-floor gallery    
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Unification of existing adjacent philanthropic buildings to house new exhibition, education and gallery space

The project involves the unification of the Whitechapel public library and the Whitechapel art gallery, both dating from the late nineteenth-century.

With a strong emphasis on education and community engagement, the building offers flexibility of use as well as contemporary standards of access.

A single circulation core is situated in the centre of the two buildings. An additional lift and stair sit beside the existing nineteenth-century library stair.

The ground floor library and first floor museum retain as much of their original character as possible. The main influence into these spaces is the addition of daylight through roof-lights and controlled on the first floor with external louvres.

In the upper levels of the library building, education studios have been created, as well as a north-lit studio on the top floor taking advantage of the city views.


  • Begun: Jun 2007
  • Completed: Mar 2009
  • Floor area: 3,000m2
  • Sector: Arts and culture
  • Total cost: £6.4M
  • Procurement: JCT 98
  • Address: 77-82 Whitechapel High Street, London, E1 7QX, United Kingdom

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