The Turner Center was supposed to appear on a semicircular jetty on the city embankment. The appearance of the museum of the genius English landscape painter of the 19th century James Turner, built by famous Norwegian architects, was, according to the original plan, to attract tourists to the city and revive the old seaside resort of the Georgian era.
But the cost of the project increased to 50 million pounds, which is 20 million more than the preliminary estimate, and its implementation was abandoned.
The museum was supposed to take the form of a wind-filled white sail dominating the harbor. A glazed parallelepiped containing a cafe and a museum shop is attached to the lower part of the main volume.
In essence, the project continues the line of single buildings of original forms along the seaside that Snohetta has proposed in recent years for Bergen (art institute) and Oslo (opera house), as well as for Reykjavik (congress center).