The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has confirmed that an application for Planning and Listed Building Consent which has recently been submitted to design a permanent purpose-built gallery at its headquarters on 66 Portland Place, London W1. Carmody Groarke was chosen to design the new gallery after competitive interviews with the five past recipients of Building Design's Young Architect of the Year Award.
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 Miles van der Rohe, Sir John Soane, Sir Christopher Wren and Andrea Palladio.
RIBA President Elect, Stephen Hodder has 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."
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. Neil Wilson, Chair of Planning Sub Committee, Marylebone Association has said: "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."