Lee Boyd Architects SNGMA Former Gymnasium, Edinburgh, Building, Photos, Scotland

SNGMA Edinburgh : Architecture

Former Gymnasium refurbished at rear of SNGMA design by Lee Boyd architects

Former Gymnasium, rear of SNGMA, Edinburgh

Dates built: 1995-96

Design: Lee Boyd, architects

Lee Boyd
SNGMA building entry image from lee boyd

Scotland’s National Gallery of Modern Art

SNGMA refurbishment to form new exhibition space and lecture facilities, with a well-crafted entrance ramp and glass canopy (right, below) – a successful insertion – with furniture also designed by the architects.

Lee Boyd Edinburgh
SNGMA building interior image from lee boyd

Terry Farrell & Co. refurbished the Scotland’s National Gallery of Modern Art – SNGMA – former John Watson’s School by Burn, 1825, The masterplan involves co-ordinated sculptures, landscaping. etc.

Charles Jencks:
SNGMA, Edinburgh
SNGMA frontage image © Adrian Welch

About the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art

Home to Scotland’s outstanding national collection of modern and contemporary art, the Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art includes two buildings, Modern One and Modern Two.

The Collection:

Modern One
Works from the Gallery’s collection, plus special loans, are presented here. The early part of the collection features French and Russian art from the beginning of the twentieth century, cubist paintings and superb holdings of expressionist and modern British art. Special highlights include paintings by Matisse and Picasso.

The Gallery also has an outstanding collection of international post-war work and the most important and extensive collection of modern Scottish art.

Modern Two
Modern Two is home to a changing programme of world-class exhibitions and displays drawn for the permanent collection. On permanent display is a fascinating recreation of Eduard Paolozzi’s studio, as well as his 7.3m tall sculpture, Vulcan, that dominates the café. It is also home to the Gallery’s substantial library and archive, open to the public by appointment, and changing displays in the Gabrielle Keiller library.

Outdoor Sculpture
Both Galleries are set in extensive parkland, where visitors can discover sculpture works by important artists like Ian Hamilton Finlay, Henry Moore, Rachel Whiteread, Richard Long and Nathan Coley. The lawn to the front of Modern One was re-landscaped in 2002 to a design by Charles Jencks. This dramatic work, or ‘landform’, comprises a stepped, serpentine mound reflected in three crescent-shaped pools of water.

Scottish Capital Art Gallery Buildings

Contemporary Scottish Capital Art Gallery Designs – recent architectural selection below:

Edinburgh Art Galleries

National Gallery of Scotland
National Gallery of Scotland
photograph © Adrian Welch

SNGMA + Dean Gallery

Scottish Portrait Gallery
Scottish National Portrait Gallery
photograph © Adrian Welch

RSA + Playfair Project

Fruitmarket Gallery
Fruitmarket Gallery
image from the architects

Edinburgh Maps

Scottish Capital Building Designs

Contemporary Scottish Capital Property Designs – selection below:


Edinburgh Castle

Edinburgh Restaurants

Scottish Capital

New College
New College Edinburgh
photo © Adrian Welch

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