How to manifest instutional reform and ambition through architecture? This is one of the key explorations for this shortlisted proposal for the retrofit of the Sainsbury’s Wing at the National Gallery. 

Through critiquing the existing experience of visitors at the National Gallery, a series of bold design responses were developed that prioritised the access of art above all. From an contremporary gallery doubling as security triage to a dramatic new triple height publc gallery - visitors would be able to experience the galleries collection through new curatorial forms.

The National Gallery announced six shortlisted design teams in its search for a partner to work with it on a suite of capital projects to mark its Bicentenary. An initial phase of work will be completed in 2024, to mark the Gallery’s 200th year. Sound Advice co-host Joseph Henry is part of a team led by Asif khan studio shortlisted to design a new entrance to the National Gallery.

Asif Khan with AKT II, Atelier Ten, Bureau Veritas, Donald Insall Associates, Donald Hyslop, Gillespies, Joseph Henry, Kenya Hara, and Plan A Consultants.
Images courtsey of Asif Khan Studio Ltd