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The Study Gallery

location: Poole, Dorset

year: 2000

client: The Bournemouth + Poole College

The Study Gallery, a part of The Bournemouth and Poole College of Further Education, provides a place for the young and old people of Poole to learn about and appreciate art and forms. It houses a collection that includes works by leading British Modern artists, Henry Moore, Elizabeth Frink, Barbara Hepworth and others, and incorporates a study for children to make sculptures and mobiles suspended in the large gallery, visible to passers-by in Poole town centre.

The building is a 13 metre cube, diagonally divided with study space in one half and a high single-volume gallery in the other. Mezzanine levels can be readily inserted to increase internal space, or the cube form can be extended externally into the south-facing sculpture court.