Wallpaper was the first to report that London-based firm WilkinsonEyre is designing a modest public museum to house the private art collection of James and Deirdre Dyson. James Dyson, reported to be Britain’s wealthiest person, is the eclectic inventor perhaps best known for the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner (and his commercial appearances supporting the many products that all bare his name). Deirdre Dyson is an artist and rug designer. The two have been married since 1968.
The gallery will be close to the couple’s palatial historic home in South Gloucestershire outside of Bristol in the southwestern part of England. Renderings for the new building show it lying low in its pastoral village-like surroundings. Though the design is contemporary, with a sedum-planted roof supported by a diagrid structure and pronounced bronze-clad columns and walls, its single above-ground story and partial brick facade allow it to blend in with its historic surroundings. The building will also include a basement level.
The museum, which will be open to the public on select dates by appointment, will display works by British, United States-based, and European 20th-century art stars, including Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol, David Hockney, and Pablo Picasso. It’s not clear how much diversity there will be among the artists represented in the collection.
Images of the design are available on Wallpaper.
The galleries are expected to open in 2021.