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Benedetti Architects tapped for RIBA headquarters refresh


Lower than six months after the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) launched a closely-watched competitors for a “complete refurbishment” of its longtime headquarters at 66 Portland Place in central London, a agency has been chosen to tackle the roughly $27 million venture: Benedetti Architects.

Led by Canada-born and -educated Renato Benedetti, the six-year-old agency was certainly one of seven groups—comprised of 11 RIBA-chartered companies in whole—shortlisted for the main revamp, joined by David Kohn Architects, Donald Insall AssociatesFreehaus, and IDK; Feix&Merlin with Haptic Architects and Heritage Structure; Corridor McKnight, Hugh Broughton Architects, and Roz Barr Architects. The competitors shortlist was first revealed by RIBA in early March.

“We had been very impressed with the standard and consideration evidenced in each shortlisted proposal, however finally Benedetti Architects’ imaginative and prescient for our venture secured their win,” mentioned RIBA President Simon Allford. “In addition they enthusiastically embraced our thought to work collaboratively with different practices in later levels.”

With the announcement that Benedetti will lead the transformation of the Grade II-listed 66 Portland Place right into a “dynamic, accessible, and sustainable constructing,” the agency will now embark on a full feasibility research alongside RIBA and convey on, as talked about by Allford, a handful of smaller companies to hitch the bigger the venture workforce. Per a RIBA press announcement, “design and funding choices might be thought of by the RIBA Board for resolution sooner or later,” and development is slated to kick off in early 2024.

Mentioned Renato Benedetti:

“It’s an amazing honour to be chosen for this once-in-a-lifetime venture. We like 66 Portland Place and agree it wants complete enhancements to be match for objective to safe its sustainable future culturally and environmentally, as an exemplar for architects, and for the communication of structure’s significance to the broadest attainable viewers.

As a wide-eyed Canadian scholar who first visited in 1983, the RIBA felt just like the architectural epicentre of the world to me. It will be nice to rekindle that sense of pleasure and relevance for future generations of architects and lovers of structure.”

Previous to establishing his eponymous London-based apply in 2016, Benedetti was a co-founder of McDowell+Benedetti (based in 1996) and, earlier than that, labored as an affiliate at David Chipperfield Architects for seven years. The award-winning Benedetti Architects has led a number of high-profile restoration tasks throughout the British capital and past together with at BAFTA Headquarters at 195 Piccadilly, Oliver’s Wharf Penthouse, and Portsmouth Guildhall. The agency was additionally shortlisted alongside Adjaye Associates and PUP Architects for the Barbican Renewal venture (as introduced in late April, Allies and Morrison and Asif Khan Studio had been finally chosen) and the Camden Highline.

Per the total competitors temporary, the overhaul of 66 Portland Place, which has been topic to quite a few upgrades and enhancements over its lengthy historical past, requires the creation of “fashionable and versatile workspaces” to accommodate RIBA workers together with 4 new gallery areas situated inside the constructing: a Public Gallery, Member’s Gallery, Collections Gallery, and Public Affairs Gallery. Moreover, RIBA has recognized key necessities of the deliberate overhaul:

  • “Redefine house inside the constructing for numerous capabilities.
  • Guarantee full accessibility all through the constructing.
  • Align with RIBA’s 2030 Local weather Problem to attain sustainable outcomes and meet Internet Zero while upgrading the constructing infrastructure.
  • Delicate restoration and conservation of the Grade II constructing.

Positioned within the West Finish’s Marylebone district, the artwork deco 66 Portland Place was designed by George Gray Wornum, who gained a 1929 competitors searching for designs for a brand new headquarters for the then-95-year-old RIBA, which had beforehand been situated at 8 Conduit Avenue since 1859.

Allford, who served on an eight-person competitors judging panel alongside, amongst others, RIBA Architect Advisor Sarah Williams, RIBA Board Member and Honorary Treasurer Simone De Gale, and RIBA chief government Alan Vallance, added:

“This venture might be a key bodily manifestation of our Home of Structure programme—enabling us to encourage collaboration and encourage architects and structure. Crucially we might be delivering many actions globally and just about too, with our personal HQ constructing offering a powerful basis and vacation spot.

The Lead Architect can be tasked with the sensible problem of bringing a listed constructing as much as scratch, from an accessibility and sustainability perspective. That is pressing and important work to make 66 Portland Place match for the longer term.”

AN will report again as soon as additional design plans for the revamp of 66 Portland Place are revealed.



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