Kettle’s Yard

Client University of Cambridge
Type Refurbishment
Use Art gallery
Date 1994

Bland Brown and Cole were invited by the University to provide a scheme that would extend the presence of Kettle’s Yard on the street and make it welcoming to passers-by. We also designed a new education room, a bookshop, new double-height gallery space, and updated security and storage. Gallery spaces are now linked to provide a sequential route through the exhibits, with glimpses of the townscape beyond.

Director of the Tate Gallery, Nicholas Serota, said of the project: “This extension really makes sense of Kettle’s Yard. Congratulations…”

Deborah Singmaster of the Architect’s Journal wrote: “The more people that can be enticed by way of the gallery, to view the happy marriage of tradition and Modernism that it embodies, the more converts there will be to an architecture unfettered by stale convention.”

Since the completion of this development, attendances rose from 37,000 to 75,000 visitors a year.