People, Places, Things
Sam Jacob Studio for architecture and design
is a collaborative practice that makes
buildings, places, strategies and objects.

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Picture Gallery


A design for a new picture gallery to house a private collection in the grounds of a manor house. The project uses the idea of the Elizabethan Long Gallery as a way of organising a sequence of spaces as a route for visitors to follow. This connects the gallery to the surrounding landscape, both extending the garden pathways into the gallery spaces and making visual connections to more distant views.

This creates an arrangement of fluid spaces that flow around a central main gallery that is defined more clearly as a room.

The space between the curving outer edge and the rectilinear inner room varies in size and use, from a double skin that allows passive air control, to smaller exhibition areas, to  spaces that have more ambiguous definitions and relationships with the surrounding landscape.