Back to the 2019 Winners Refurbishment

Royal Academy of Arts

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Location: London, Great Britain

Architect/Designer: David Chipperfield Architects / Julian Harrap Architects

Brickwork Contractor: Titan Brickwork Ltd

Brick: Ibstock Brick - Swanage Kingston multi light

About the project

The ambition of the masterplan was to propose how best to sensitively adapt the building to provide more gallery spaces, a lecture theatre, visitor facilities and spaces for education and public engagement. A key issue to address was the physical disconnection of the two separate buildings. This was resolved by the proposal of a new public route within a “link bridge”. Key was the abutment detail with the south elevation of 6 Burlington Gardens and the implications of forming a new opening into the facade. The solution involved a complicated structure of reinforced concrete built into the wall, but kept back from the external wall face, so that the polychromatic brickwork of Pennethorne’s exterior could be re-created. The new structure is clearly defined from the historic fabric of the studio but, the old and new sit comfortably beside each other both expressing their materiality.

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