Plans Revealed for London’s Royal Academy of Arts Makeover
- May 14, 2015
London, England—David Chipperfield Architects has revealed plans for the redevelopment of the Royal Academy of Arts’ two locations in London. A press conference was held Monday, May 11th, where British architect Sir David Chipperfield presented the scheme for the project for the first time, Dezeen reports.
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.
Images courtesy of David Chipperfield Architects via Dezeen