The Layered Gallery, located in central London, houses a private collection of photographs, prints, pastels and lithographs. The five-storey Grade II listed building it is extended from dates from 1770. The aim of client and architect has been to create an enclosed courtyard structure that provides a retreat and place to contemplate art. This has been achieved by adding a new elevation to the building both substantial and sufficiently light to bring life into what is now a garden-like inner court.
为了实现这一目标，Gianni Botsford建筑事务所设计了一系列的屏风，创造了一个分层的效果。第一道外屏是纯结构性的，由Corten或 “耐候 “钢制成。第二层是由科腾钢框架制成的玻璃幕墙。在内部，通过保护艺术品收藏的红色百叶窗和悬挂在用于储存和观看收藏品的轨道上的科尔特屏风，实现了进一步的层次效果。两个外屏风内的开口形成了一个丝状立面，加强了室内外空间的关系。在Corten结构内生长的植物进一步强调了这一点。
To achieve this, Gianni Botsford Architects has designed a sequence of screens creating a layered effect. The first, outer screen is purely structural and made of Corten, or ‘weathering’ steel. The second is a Corten-framed glazed screen. Inside, a further layered effect is achieved through red blinds protecting the collection of artworks and the hanging of Corten screens on rails used for storing and viewing the collection. The openings within the two outer screens create a filigree elevation reinforcing the relationship between interior and exterior spaces. This is emphasised further by planting growing up within the Corten structure.
Inside, finishes are robust in much the same way as warehouses or stores that have been converted into art galleries. On the ground floor, an existing exposed brick wall is contrasted with a Corten cabinet designed by Gianni Botsford Architects.
柜子在空间中引入了一个不确定的元素：它隐藏着一个折叠式的卫生间。这是对传统的室外厕所的致敬，或者是对杜尚的 “喷泉 “的戏谑，这种姿态增加了一种惊喜和转变的感觉。
The cabinet introduces an element of uncertainty within the space: it conceals a folding WC. A homage to the traditional outside lavatory, or a play, perhaps on Duchamp’s “Fountain”, this gesture adds a sense of surprise and transformation.
On the lower ground level, the architects have placed an outdoor kitchen and, on the first floor, a viewing bench in a sun trap within the Gallery itself. Museum quality UV- treated glazing has been used throughout to protect the collection from excessive light. However, the architects have been at pains to avoid the hermetic effects that can result from an environment designed purely to protect and conserve its contents. The filigree quality of the screens is a key component in this approach.
Another theme Gianni Botsford Architects have embraced is that of the ephemeral. The pre-rusted Corten surfaces achieve this, for example, by evoking the notion of ageing though time.
The architects liken the building to a tree, because its structure has two load-bearing columns in the centre with lighter membranes branching out. Trees, of course, are layered structures that shift with changes in weather as does the Layered Gallery with the variation of light and reflections on its glass panels.
建筑师： Gianni Botsford Architects
制造商：Lagares，Lazenby，Palladio，Roshults，Cameron Bloom，Dolce Steel Novo，Hunza Outdoor Lighting，Thresher Fabrications
承包商： Verona Construction
服务工程师： Pearce and Associates
景观建筑师： Todd Longsafe-Gowan
历史顾问：Mitchell Taylor Workshop
城市 : 伦敦
Architects: Gianni Botsford Architects
Photographs: Luigi Parise
Manufacturers: Lagares, Lazenby, Palladio, Roshults, Cameron Bloom, Dolce Steel Novo, Hunza Outdoor Lighting, Thresher Fabrications
Contractor: Verona Construction
Services Engineer: Pearce and Associates
Lanscape Architect: Todd Longsaffe-Gowan
Quantity Surveyor:David Parker
Historical Consultant:Mitchell Taylor Workshop