Hauser & Wirth Somerset

Contemporary art gallery Hauser & Wirth’s rural outpost near Bruton in Somerset is an antidote to the idea of the gallery as an urban white cube. Housed in a series of listed farm buildings, the gallery is actually a complex of spaces: Parisian architect Luis Laplace of Laplace & Co restored existing buildings, then created an enclosed courtyard space by building two new gallery spaces. The courtyard is filled by a garden designed by Piet Oudolf, and the complex is rounded off by a restaurant in the former cowshed, and the farmhouse, a place where artists in residence can add to the layers of history already revealed during the course of its renovation.

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