London studio Theis + Khan has finished the new headquarters for the Royal Institute of British Architects, featuring a vivid and spacious cafe room and customized-produced plywood furnishings .

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

The new RIBA HQ is situated at 76 Portland Spot, a handful of doors down from the organisation’s historic base at quantity 66. It brings collectively all of the architecture institute’s London workers underneath 1 roof, freeing up the old creating for exhibitions and occasions.

Architects Patrick Theis and Soraya Khan conceived the constructing as a “younger sibling” to its more standard neighbour – an Art Deco construction built in the 1930s. They introduced vibrant colours, far more temporary materials and loads of organic light.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

“It was an exhilarating and often challenging undertaking with a tight spending budget and timescale that dictated a pragmatic technique to make certain income was directed to what mattered,” explained Khan.


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“Easy, robust supplies and delicate detailing of located and new surfaces left what comes free – careful planning, normal light, colour and properly-proportioned spaces – to carry delight.”

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

The constructing is manufactured up of three structures. The street-dealing with part is a 7-storey workplace creating dating back to the 1950s. Behind it, a three-storey converted mews stands to the back of the open-strategy cafe area, acknowledged as the forum.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

The original facade was opened up with a wall of floor-to-ceiling glazing, making the forum visible from outdoors the building.

Once within, occupants are led past a plywood-lined reception desk towards the area, which functions as both a canteen, a co-working spot and an informal meeting area for RIBA employees and members.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

It characteristics banquette seating booths in shades of yellow and orange, focused computer stations, plus freestanding plywood show stands that house both books and architectural versions.

Alongside the cafe counter, there also are two iPad-controlled stations exactly where guests can help themselves to a drink.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

At the rear of the area, a triple-storey glazed atrium makes it possible for natural light to permeate the room, as well as supplying a framed see of 66 Portland Place.

“Workplace design and style is currently being revolutionised by way of rapidly evolving functioning patterns, shaped by technologies,” explained Theis and Khan.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

“Our design strategy at 76 Portland Place has been to produce a sustainable and versatile doing work surroundings inside of the confines of the present 1950s creating, that has a sturdy and modern identity of its personal nevertheless relates to the heritage of 66 Portland Location,” they extra.

“The fluidity of this new working atmosphere is in direct contrast to the formality of the existing headquarters creating, an interesting juxtaposition embodying the RIBA’s previous, current and long term contemplating.”

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

Brilliant colours were added on the walls of the upstairs landings, assisting folks to easily navigate the creating and providing an identity to various departments. There are also various artworks, pictures and sculptures from the RIBA’s archive dotted all through the interior.

A big meeting space stands at the building’s entrance, although far more private meeting rooms and other quiet spaces can be found on the uppermost floor.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

With in excess of 40,000 members, the RIBA is an organisation established to champion the operate of British architects.

London architect George Grey Wornum created its 66 Portland Spot headquarters following a competitors in 1929, but the RIBA later on outgrew the building and had to relocate some of its employees elsewhere.

RIBA headquarters by Theis + Khan

The new constructing brings staff from RIBA and RIBA Enterprises back collectively, whilst the mews offices at the rear perform as an incubator space for RIBA London members.

London studio Carmody Groarke is now renovating 66 Portland Place, making new visitor spaces including a focused architecture gallery.

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