RIBA launches design comp for its own offices
The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has launched a £2.7m design competition for the overhaul of its new offices at 76 Portland Place
The institute has just signed a long lease on the property close to both its famous Art Deco HQ at number 66 and its admin offices at number 77 which it vacates next year.
The RIBA said the design competition would seek an architect to ensure the new office was ‘..exemplary in its design and as environmentally sustainable as possible’.
The acquistion of the new office spells the end of number 77 and means all RIBA’s London-based staff will be housed under one roof, freeing up number 66 to become a building where RIBA said ‘staff and the public will experience, learn and debate architecture.’
The institute also announced that it has signed a lease on new premises at Mann Island in Liverpool by Broadway Malyan Architects. Opening in late 2014, the building will include a museum-quality gallery, in addition to offices for North West-based RIBA staff.
RIBA Chief Executive Harry Rich said: ‘We need to do this now because the lease of 77 Portland Place ends next year. But it is also a wonderful opportunity to bring all of our London team together into one well-designed space.’
Click here for further details on the RIBA Competition.