Yorkshire Sculpture Park Bretton, Wakefield

Edge of Nature

Yorkshire Sculpture Park was established in 1977 at Bretton, near Wakefield. Longside, on the edge of the park, are three renovated agricultural barns forming a gallery and units for creative industry. The only retained element of the barns was the portal frames. On a summer’s day during construction these resembled whale skeletons. The new designs considered the huge scale of the barns and the landscape. Each new element of the building was scaled up in response. Enormous windows, large doors and elongated ironmongery.

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