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Royal Academy of Arts, Piccadilly

Design draws on existing building structures while introducing interventions that range from repair and restoration to contemporary elements

Royal Academy of Arts.
Royal Academy of Arts. Credit: David Chipperfield

David Chipperfield Architects for the Royal Academy of Arts
Contract value: £56m 
GIA: 17,000m2
Cost per m2: £3,294

The Royal Academy of Arts has been based in Burlington House on Piccadilly since 1868. In 1998, the RA acquired 6 Burlington Gardens immediately to the north, facing the other way and originally the Senate House for the University of London. The project connects both of these sites to act as one. The two buildings are grade I and grade II* listed respectively and the difficulties of connecting them meant two previous proposals by others had failed. The masterplan drew on the existing building structures, opening previously closed off areas while imposing a series of interventions that range from repair and restoration to the introduction of contemporary elements such as a large new lecture theatre.

  • Royal Academy of Arts.
    Royal Academy of Arts. Credit: David Chipperfield
  • Royal Academy of Arts.
    Royal Academy of Arts. Credit: David Chipperfield
  • Royal Academy of Arts.
    Royal Academy of Arts. Credit: David Chipperfield
  • Royal Academy of Arts.
    Royal Academy of Arts. Credit: David Chipperfield
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