The aim of the British Institute of Biography is to promote the biographical arts in all media. The new building will contain permanent and temporary exhibitions, two auditoria, and a research and education centre, together with an archive of biographical information.
Electronic communication systems and radio/television broadcasting facilities will be used to make the programmes of events and biographical records accessible to a wide audience.
The British Institute of Biography will be located within the campus of Royal Holloway College at Egham, Surrey, and a strong academic link will be formed between the two. The building will be set in a biographical garden and located adjacent to the college music department.
It is composed of a linear block, running parallel to the road edge, containing the permanent exhibition galleries, research institute and bookshop, and a curving block, embracing the landscape, containing temporary exhibition space/performance spaces and cafe. The building and garden design are reciprocal and together produce a series of distinct settings for exhibits.
A dynamic circulation route begins with an entrance at first-floor level, reached by a bridge, and progresses along a suspended walkway and ramp, guiding visitors down into the exhibition.