Auckland Castle

Auckland Castle Gallery/Museum

SMA were shortlisted with Donald Insall Associates to prepare a design for the re-use of Auckland Castle as an art gallery for religious 16th Century painting and a museum setting out the history of faith in the British Isles. The concept involved the creation of a new building below a tilted lawn that would contain the new galleries.

Artists House Gallery

Value: £200,000
Client: Lady Bessborough
Construction: 2000 – 2001
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

The Artists House is an addition to the Roche Court Gallery where art can be displayed in a domestic context. It is an idealised living environment, which will in truth be rarely used for actual accommodation although it provides amenities for visitors. The house is located to make a new courtyard behind the listed house. The courts and house will be used for the display of sculpture, paintings and drawings. Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.

Gallery in South London

Jerwood Sculpture Gallery

Value: withheld
Client: withheld
Construction: June 2008
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

The Gallery is formed within a stable building within the Grade 1 listed Ragley Hall. The stables have been left intact but ‘blacked out’ to leave the plinths and sculpture in sharp contrast. Central to the space is a substantial set of mirrors set within a floating ceiling cloud. These allow visitors to view specific works whilst being part of the overall space.

Roche Court Glass Cube

Value: £withheld
Client: withheld
Construction: May 2008

This, the third project at Roche, provides a new gallery for small pieces of sculpture as well as allowing for the relocation of dining/meeting areas. This move provided expansion for kitchens and catering space required for openings and private shows as the new art centre expands its activities. The new building follows the vocabulary of the two previous schemes using glass, concrete and local oak. Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.

Roche Court Sculpture Gallery

Value: £100,000
Client: Lady Bessborough
Construction: 1998
Munkenbeck+Marshall project, Stephen Marshall Partner in charge

Commissioned when Madeleine Ponsonby, Countess of Bessborough decided to move her London Gallery to her family home, this sculpture gallery links the main house and the orangery along an existing garden wall. It was conceived as a seamless connection not only between these two buildings but also between inside and out, allowing a clear dialogue between garden sculpture and gallery sculpture.

The project was awarded the RIBA Stephen Lawrence Award in 1999 as well as AIA, Civic Trust, RFAC building of the year and Aluminium Commendations. Click here to visit The New Art Centre Roche Court website.



St. James Gallery

Windmill Hill

Value: withheld
Client: The Alice Trust
Construction: June 2009 – April 2011
Stephen Marshall Architects Project

The project called for the creation of an archive building for the Rothschild family archive, an associated reading room with archivists’ offices and an office building occupied by various charities.

The building is on the site of a previous dairy farm and the farmhouse from this use remains. This former agricultural use and the very fine views were the two main drivers of the design in terms of detail and layout.

The intention was very much to form a contemplative place with its own garden.

Materials are simple and oak is used throughout both for the reading room grid-shell structure and for the furniture that was made to the architects design.