Take a First Look at David Chipperfield’s Refined Refurb of London’s Royal Academy of Arts

Originally published on Metropolismag.com.

The revamped cultural institution “gives oxygen” to the RA’s existing Victorian-era campus, says the architect.

Fresh from completing the Neues Museum in Berlin, Chipperfield has, since 2008, been refurbishing and modernizing 6 Burlington Gardens, the somewhat crusty, unloved sibling behind the RA’s Burlington House, it’s home for 150 years.

The result seems typical of Chipperfield’s delicate, surgical approach and certainly “gives oxygen to the whole campus,” as he put it during a building tour today. The showcase addition to the complex is a subterranean bridge that connects the two neighboring buildings while creating additional gallery space in what was once a service corridor…

Originally published on Metropolismag.com.

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