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This week Turner Contemporary in Margate celebrates its tenth anniversary. The art gallery has become synonymous with the regeneration of the Kent coastal town, providing important cultural and social space for the local community and has welcomed 3.5 million visitors since 2011. The building is composed of six identical crystalline volumes with mono-pitched roofs resolutely opening towards the sea. A band of clerestory windows brings north light into the large gallery spaces on the first floor while the ground floor features flexible events and educational spaces, and a cafeteria, opening to the sea. Like many institutions closed during the pandemic, Turner Contemporary looks forward to reopening its doors again later this year.

Image © Simon Menges