New ground floor gallery at the RIBA by Carmody Groarke awarded planning permission and listed building consent

Proposals for a new gallery to display the Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) permanent collection within the Institute’s Art Deco headquarters at 66 Portland Place, W1 have been approved by Westminster Council.

Built in 1934 to the design of Grey Wornum, the Grade II* listed building is one of the most significant early-mid twentieth century buildings in London.  The new gallery, designed by architects Carmody Groarke, will offer major public exhibitions that draw on the RIBA’s collections. The RIBA has one of the top three architectural collections in the world, including original drawings, photographs, models and furniture.

The new gallery is located at ground floor level and entered through a new opening in the historic limestone wall. Architects Carmody Groarke have worked closely with Julian Harrap, the RIBA’s appointed Listed Building Expert, to ensure the project is sensitive to the original building; new materials will continue the rich palette of the existing building and form a strong legacy connection between the new and old.

The project is now progressing to detail design with the gallery due to be open in 2014.




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For further press information contact Beatrice Cooke in the RIBA Press Office on 020 7307 3813 or email A link to images of the gallery project can be found here:

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.

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