One of Glasgow’s oldest surviving bath houses is the new home for one of the world’s leading private art galleries, The Modern Institute. Representing some of the most significant names in contemporary art including four Turner Prize winners, The Modern Institute is located on Osbourne Street in Glasgow’s Merchant City. Prior to completion, the 19th century bath house had lain empty for over thirty years. Its transformation was designed by the Glasgow Studio of RMJM architects in collaboration with The Modern Institute.
The sandstone exterior of the original bath house has been kept and behind the solid red walls lies a 120 m² gallery space, fitting of some of the biggest names in the contemporary art world. With a restrained pallet of materials featuring whitewashed interior walls, concrete floors, exposed roof structures and restored roof lights, architects RMJM aimed to ensure that the focus would be very much on the exhibitions.