International: Plans Revealed for London’s Royal Academy of Arts Makeover
- May 22, 2015
By Ioana Neamt, Associate Editor
David Chipperfield Architects has revealed plans for the redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Arts’ two locations in London. A press conference was held this month where British architect Sir David Chipperfield presented the scheme for the project for the first time, Dezeen reported.
Chipperfield’s plan includes the construction of a walkway that connects Burlington House and 6 Burlington Gardens, two historic buildings occupied by the Royal Academy of Arts. The latter is a former University of London building that was acquired by the Academy in 2001. Burlington House has been the home of the Academy since the mid-19th century, according to Dezeen.
In addition to the walkway that will connect the two buildings, the plan also involves the redevelopment of the buildings’ interiors. A new 260-seat auditorium will be added, galleries will be expanded, and a new Clore Learning Centre will occupy the ground floor of Burlington Gardens.
The £50 million (nearly $80 million) project is scheduled for completion in time for the Royal Academy’s 250th anniversary in 2018. According to Dezeen, Chipperfield’s project will receive £12.7 million (nearly $20 million) in funds from the Heritage Lottery Fund and private donations. An additional £5 million (more than $7 million) is still needed to complete the redevelopment.
David Chipperfield is best-known for the renovation of the Neues Museum in Berlin and the River and Rowing Museum in Henley-on-Thames. The global architecture firm has also won a competition to design the permanent home of the Nobel Prize in Stockholm.