- Location London, United Kingdom
- Value Confidential
- Size 10,000 m²
- Client Royal Academy of Arts
- Year 2003
The Royal Academy has the best suite of exhibition galleries in London, but, other parts of the complex, dating from different periods and having been designed for different purposes, were absorbed piecemeal as the Academy grew. Our proposals bring an overall order to this complex of buildings, devising new routes and connections, which allow the finest spaces to reach their potential, making better use of the ancillary areas. The courtyard has already been re-paved and less able visitors can now enter up a gently sloping stone ramp, which has been carefully integrated into the façade.
The Academy's acquisition of 10 Burlington Gardens, a grandiose Victorian building with large gallery space, which lies directly behind it, will enable the Academy to expand its many and varied activities. The connection between Burlington Gardens and the Academy buildings will create a new major public space. The ancillary spaces below the public galleries will be re-ordered to meet the demands of a modern Gallery.
Arches will be reopened under the main staircase leading to a bookshop, from where a bridge will spring to a new restaurant. Without impeding the existing galleries, the Academy will have enhanced facilities, which will allow it to play an even greater role in London's cultural and public life.