Former Ikea store could become home to important works of art

A former Ikea store in the United Kingdom could undergo a major design revamp in order to become home to some of the country’s “greatest works of art.”

Following the closure of the building by the Swedish furniture maker in March last year, local politicians in Coventry are now considering purchasing the seven-story building with the hope of converting the structure into a new cultural facility.

The new space could feature a variety of collections. The city council said the project would make for a “lasting physical, economic and cultural legacy.”

The council is partnering with Arts Council England, which owns around 8,000 artworks by modern and contemporary British artists. The body loans the works out in order to reach the broadest possible audience.

The Coventry Ikea store was built back in 2007. The council said the purchase and conversion of the building was a “multi-million pound project.”

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