The Client wanted to transform the site into a world-renowned home for art exhibitions, events, learning activities and artists’ residencies. Two new purpose built gallery wings were added to the cluster of original buildings, which in turn were then renovated to house a library, education space, office and bookshop.
Supporting the commercial viability of the gallery is the Roth Bar and Grill which provides dining and event space. The open kitchen has a wood-fired grill and spit, where beef and lamb from Durslade Farm and vegetables and herbs from the neighbouring Walled Garden are cooked. Outside, huge round firepits created by Bjorn and Oddor Roth are fired up during events and special occasions.
Each of the Grade II Listed farm buildings at Durslade had been empty for a number of years and were in complete disrepair. There was also a pressing need to complete the project in time for a planned opening of the gallery and restaurant. Our approach was to simplify and de-risk the project by splitting it into 5 separate contracts. This enabled phases to overlap and move ahead, for example securing the structural integrity of the farm buildings whilst the project was still awaiting a planning decision.
Hauser & Wirth
Laplace & Co