On 12 February 2014, six of the biggest names in architecture - Richard Rogers, Norman Foster, Nicholas Grimshaw, Terry Farrell, Michael and Patty Hopkins - officially opened London’s new Architecture Gallery at RIBA.
The new public gallery will feature regular, free exhibitions. Part of RIBA's unique 66 Portland Place experience, its changing programme will engage visitors in new ways, helping them to discover and explore architecture for themselves.
Our aim is for 66 Portland Place to become a major cultural destination and a source of exhibitions that reflect the excellence of our collections. Exhibitions drawn from these collections have travelled the world, but there is currently no space at the RIBA suitable for their display
Creating a new museum-quality architecture gallery will enable us to stage first-rate changing exhibitions that will bring our collections to a wider audience. To do this we have extended our public access by combining and opening up a series of rooms off the main entrance hall, enlivening 66 Portland Place the moment visitors walk through the door.
Entrance of ground-floor gallery, designed by Carmody Groarke
© Philip Vile
Our new state-of-the-art gallery opens with The Brits Who Built The Modern World in February 2014 and will:
- Provide the first museum-quality space at 66 Portland Place
- Provide these as fully accessible facilities on the ground floor
- Exemplify the RIBA’s commitment to quality design and craftsmanship
- Increase the impact of the RIBA’s role as the champion of better buildings, communities and the environment
Image: Ground-floor gallery, designed by Carmody Groarke
© Philip Vile
Architecture Gallery visitor policy
We ask that all visitors kindly:
- Please do not touch any items on display. Even clean hands can damage surfaces
- Please do not consume food or drink in the Gallery
- Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building
- Please do not use flash photography or tripods. Photography in our galleries is permitted for personal, non-commercial purposes only
- Please do not photograph items where this is specified by the lender (clearly labelled)
- Please do not bring in large bags or bulky items (a cloakroom is available free of charge)
- Sketching is permitted but the use of charcoal, pastels, permanent markers and water colour or oil paint is not allowed in the Gallery
- Please do not lean or place items on top of table cases and cabinets (our cabinets are alarmed)
Carmody Groarke are a design-led, award-winning architecture studio based in London. Since establishment in 2006, the studio have developed a strong reputation for a very diverse portfolio of work including galleries,museums, restaurants, retail, exhibition design and residential.
Completed projects include: 7 July Memorial, Hyde Park London; Studio East Dining, London; various exhibition designs including 'Bauhaus: Art as Life' at the Barbican Art Gallery and 'Postmodernism: Style and Subversion' at the V&A; Regents Place Pavilion, London; headquarters for the Contemporary Arts Society, London; and artist studios for Antony Gormley. Current projects include: the Windermere Steamboat Museum won in open international RIBA competition; the refurbishment of Abbot Hall museum; and a new studio for artist Julian Opie. In 2013 Carmody Groarke was the recipient of the RIBA Regional Award and the RIBA London Small Project Award, both for their Filling Station .