Forget "Out with the Old"

Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Forget "Out with the Old"

CLIENT: Dulwich Picture Gallery

ARCHITECT: Rick Mather Architects, London

BUILDING TYPE: Art gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery, founded in 1811, was a superb building in desperate need of restoration--and expansion. Now, it's a magnificent complex in London that sensitively meshes the glory of the arched brick building with new additions. Updated lighting, climate control, and visitor amenities such as a 60-seat cafe have helped double attendance. As this case shows, "the solution is not always more architecture," says juror Terence Riley of the Museum of Modern Art.

Before it's here, it's on the Bloomberg Terminal.