The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed that an application for Planning and Listed Building Consent has recently been submitted to design a permanent purpose-built gallery at its headquarters on 66 Portland Place, London W1.
The new gallery will have museum conditions enabling the British Architectural Library to exhibit its collection of models, photographs and drawings. The collection of international significance includes works by Mies van der Rohe, Sir John Soane, Sir Christopher Wren and Andrea Palladio.
As part of the design process, architects Carmody Groarke have worked closely with Julian Harrap, the gallery’s appointed Listed Building Experts, and the RIBA to ensure the new gallery is sensitive and respectful to the original building.
RIBA President Elect, Stephen Hodder said:
'This is one of the most ambitious and exciting projects the RIBA has undertaken in recent years and fits in with our goal of bringing architecture to a wider audience.
'Our new gallery will allow us to open more of our wonderful building to the public and attract new visitors to engage with architecture in a unique setting. I’m looking forward in the coming years to sharing our priceless collections in the surrounding of 66 Portland Place.'
Chair of Planning Sub Committee, Marylebone Association Neil Wilson said:
'The Marylebone Association warmly welcomes the plans for a new gallery at the RIBA; the plans have been developed in close consultation with the Association and will positively contribute to the interior aesthetics of this landmark building.
'This is wonderful news for local residents and businesses and it is encouraging that these ambitious plans have reached this stage. When it opens the new RIBA ground floor gallery will offer the public never before seen access to one of the world’s most important architectural collections, reinforcing 66 Portland Place as the UK’s leading public cultural centre for design.'