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A Striking Addition

London-based Hugh Boughton Architects won an RIBA competition to design a new wing for the Grade 2 listed Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery. The results are remarkable.

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery recently opened an impressive 3.7 million pound extension. The new East Wing, which was partly funded by a Heritage Lottery Fund grant, offers an extra 40 percent of space to display collections and exhibitions.

It's architecture has divided opinion, with some people applauding the gold extension and others saying that it looks too modern compared to the rest of the building. Whatever peoples' views on it though, there's no denying it got people talking!


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Exhibition fact file

What's Inside

660,000 objects, ranging from a 2,700-year-old Egyptian Mummy to a chair used by Napoleon.

Museum

Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery

Date

April 2011

Architect

Hugh Broughton Architects

Designer

Ralph Appelbaum

Cases Used

Inca, Vista