Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected

Andrea Palladio is the only architect who has given his name to a style – one that is still in use around the world after nearly 500 years.


September 9 2015 • 10.00am
January 9 2016 • 5.00pm


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The Architecture Gallery, RIBA, 66 Portland Place, W1B 1AD, London


FREE - Open Monday - Sunday 10am to 5pm and Tuesdays 10am to 8pm.



FREE - Open Monday - Sunday 10am to 5pm and Tuesdays 10am to 8pm.

Image: Glashutte, France, designed by Oswald Mathias Ungers, 1985. © Stefan Mueller

From the US Capitol to a 21st century Somerset cowshed, 'Palladian Design: The Good, the Bad and the Unexpected' introduces Palladio’s design principles and explores how they have been interpreted, copied and re-imagined across time and continents from his death in 1580 to the present day.

By focusing on his legacy, this exhibition explores how British architects such as Inigo Jones and Lord Burlington turned Palladianism into a national style. It follows how the style was adopted in the design of houses, churches and political buildings around the world from New Delhi to Leningrad. It shows how 20th and 21st century architects have reinterpreted Palladio’s design principles for contemporary use in unexpected ways. 

The buildings featured may conform to, or challenge, ideas about Palladian architecture. Either way, their inclusion is intended to provoke debate and raise questions about the authenticity of a form of architecture increasingly removed from its original time and place.

Part of a season of events inspired by Palladian Design – the Good, the Bad and the Unexpected.


The exhibition is generously supported by the Blavatnik Family Foundation, The Headley Trust and the American Friends of the British Architectural Library