The Scottish National Portrait Gallery in Edinburgh, UK has reopened after a £17.6 million makeover spanning two and a half years. The renovations have resulted in creation of over 60% of additional space to the public area, along with creation of various galleries donning different themes. The revamped facility has been equipped with a massive elevator made of glass to upgrade access for the disabled. The entire Queen Street located in the facility’s front portion now features sloping access along with the original steps.
The redesigned facility has lowered its spacious areas, phased out false ceilings, and incorporated adjustable ceiling blinds to control natural light circulation in its interior. There has also been installation of skylights while the original museum floors have been polished and varnished.
Several light-sensitive artistic pieces have been fitted in wall-mounted cabinets and pull-out drawers in the upper floor gallery following the refurbishments. Further, its library has been entirely relocated and has now been segregated into two parts including the main public portion and a research area.