A permanent new gallery space for architecture exhibitions will open at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) at 66 Portland Place, London W1, later this year. The new gallery, to be designed by architects Carmody Groarke, will considerably extend the exhibition space at the RIBA's early Art Deco HQ and transform the entire ground floor of the building, alongside a popular bookshop and café bar, into an accessible area to engage the public with architecture.
With environmentally managed conditions, the new exhibition space will enable the RIBA's British Architectural Library to showcase some of its internationally renowned collections of drawings and photographs, which celebrate the achievements of architects from the Renaissance to the present day.
Speaking today, Harry Rich, RIBA Chief Executive, said:
'I am delighted that we are creating this brand new exhibition space in which we can share our magnificent collections and inspire an even greater audience about architecture.
Our wonderful building and collections are pivotal to our mission to show the centrality of architecture to our society and economy and I am particularly pleased that by opening up 66 Portland Place we can follow through on my commitment to engage many more people in the past, present and future of architecture.'
Opened in 1934, the RIBA's HQ building was the result of a competition-winning entry by the architect George Grey Wornum. With its rich applied decoration and sculpture, it is a classic and stunning example of early 1930s Art Deco architecture.
Carmody Groarke was chosen to design the new gallery after competitive interviews with the five past recipients of BD's Young Architect of the Year Award.