November 12, 2016

Royal College of Art Taps Herzog & de Meuron to Design New South London Campus

LONDON, ENGLAND–The Royal College of Art in London has announced that Swiss architecture firm Herzog & de Meuron has won its international competition to design its new $136 million Battersea South campus.

The wining design features a 161,460-square-foot space with several floors of studios and a hangar space that can house large-scale works as well as an indoor garden. Chair of the architectural selection panel Paul Thompson said that Herzog & de Meuron was the ‘clear choice of the competition jury.’ In a statement the college said that Herzog & de Meuron “demonstrated a deep understanding of the potential for Battersea, making new connections and foreseeing the possibilities for sustainable place-making.”

Pierre de Meuron said, “The RCA set a challenging brief to look forward and visualize the spaces they will need to deliver innovation and expertise.” Senior partner Ascan Mergenthaler added, “We took our inspiration from the RCA ethos of experiment and making to explore the possibilities of spatial organization, and to test the physical expression of bringing together the worlds of science, art, design and technology under one roof.”

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