herzog & de meuron to build new campus for london's royal college of art

herzog & de meuron to build new campus for london's royal college of art

herzog & de meuron has been selected to build the royal college of art’s state-of-the-art £108 million battersea south campus. in winning the contest, the swiss architecture firm held off competition from diller scofidio + renfro and studio gang, among other star names. the facility will allow the school to expand its expertise into the fields of science, technology, and intelligent mobility — growing themes in the world of design.

herzog de meuron royal college of art campus
the facility will allow the school to expand its expertise into the fields of science and technology
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the RCA, whose brief called for a strategic design approach, praised herzog & de meuron’s design for its understanding of the potential for the battersea site, and its intention of making new connections and foreseeing the possibilities for sustainable place-making. architect pierre de meuron remarked that the battersea site offers ‘an opportunity to rethink the RCA campus and establish the patterns of connectivity and organization that will make a successful building’.

herzog de meuron royal college of art campus
the state-of-the-art campus is expected to cost £108 million

 

 

dr paul thompson, chair of the architectural selection panel, said: ‘we set out a competition to find the very best architect to crystallize our vision for a new heart to the battersea campus; we were very impressed by herzog & de meuron’s mastery of our brief. we are looking forward to working with herzog & de meuron to develop a concept, in consultation with our partners and stakeholders.’ the competition’s jury also included architecture MA student marcus cole alongside alan leibowitz, ricky burdett, and paola antonelli. see designboom’s previous coverage of the project here.

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