Designed by David Chipperfield Architects, Turner Contemporary Gallery is located in Margate, United Kingdom. The quiet coastal town was once a hub of activity as holidaymakers flocked to its beaches during the brief flashes of British summer sunshine. Over the years, Brighton and Blackpool have slowly replaced Margate as the first choice for England’s sunseekers, and the erection of the Turner Contemporary marks the beginning of an ambitious plan to revitalise the area and attract a new crowd.
Reviews of the new art gallery have criticised the architect’s lack of respect for the existing clock tower on the edge of the project site. An image of how the harbourside looked in 1897 clearly shows the clock tower standing proudly over the bay, unencumbered by a hunk of concrete and acid-etched glass.