The gallery, set in the grounds of Dodington Park, Gloucestershire, has been designed to house the extensive art collection of Sir James and Lady Deidre Dyson, hung for public display for the first time. The site is a walled garden at the edge of the couple’s estate. Various historic, listed features of the garden are preserved and enhanced by the gallery design, including original brick walls and a cottage, all dating from the eighteenth century.
The Dysons met in 1966 while studying at London’s Byam Shaw School of Art and have over the years amassed a star-studded array of painting and sculpture, with Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, Peter Black and David Hockney all represented.
The structure is designed to be low key but modern, discreet and in tune with its surroundings. It is comprised of ground and basement levels and is based on a grid of steel columns clad in bronze panels chosen to echo the tone of the surrounding brick walls. The overhanging diagrid roof provides a clear span for the interior and will be carpeted in sedum plants to optimise the diversity value of the estate.
Scheduled for completion in 2024, the gallery will be free for the public to visit by pre-booked arrangement.