The Renaissance of a world-class museum

From 23 October 2016 the museum will temporarily close until 2020 as the refurbishment of the category A-listed building and redisplay of its world-famous collection takes place.

Inside the ‘new’ Burrell Collection: First concept design proposals revealed

With 9,000 objects – from rare Chinese porcelain to modern masterpieces by Manet, Degas and Cézanne; objects from ancient civilizations to works by Rembrandt and Rodin – the Burrell Collection is undisputedly one of the world’s finest treasure houses.

However with only some 20% of the exceptional 9,000-strong artworks currently on display, early stage design concepts reveal ambitious plans to modernise and improve the visitor experience, while retaining the architectural intent of the Category A listed building which is home to Sir William’s great legacy. Consultants John McAslan + Partners, Event Communications, and Gardiner & Theobald LLP are working with staff from Glasgow Life, Cordia and Glasgow City Council to create a world-class museum environment as befits the quality of the 9,000 objects amassed by Sir William.

The overhaul of the building’s interior will allow a greater proportion of the collection to be accessible to the public. As well as providing a new central vertical core and increased access to the collection, including to the lower ground floor stores, improved facilities will include a café with access from the park at ground level, enhanced retail opportunities, and landscaped terraces linking the museum to its parkland setting.

The current building remains entirely electrically powered, with the original mechanical and electrical equipment becoming increasingly expensive to operate. Thermal energy loss is especially high, with the original glazing no longer meeting display and conservation standards required by world-class museums today. The proposed refurbishment programme will deliver sustainable solutions to help to reduce onsite energy costs, transforming the Burrell from a building with a large carbon footprint, into an energy efficient, modern museum.

The redisplay of the collection will also provide a far richer interpretation of the artefacts, greatly enhancing access to the 9,000 works within the collection.

The proposed designs will now go on display at the Burrell at Kelvingrove display space, at Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, from 24 October 2016, giving the public an opportunity to view the designs and learn more about the museum’s plans.

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