Royal College of Art. New design and innovation campus in Battersea by Herzog & de Meuron

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Herzog & de Meuron. Partners in charge.- Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Ascan Mergenthaler.
Design team
Associate, Project Director.- John O'Mara, Project Manager.- Giuseppe Giacoppo, Project Architect.- Carmo Montalvão. Jeremy Addison, Bruno de Almeida Martins, Javier Artacho Abascal, Tina Bergman, Marinke Boehm, Michela Bonomo, Marija Brdarski, David Connor, Dave Edwards, Niklas Erlewein, Paul Feeney, Elizabeth Ferguson, James Grainger, Merethe Granhus, William Korytko, Maria Krasteva, Dan Ladyman, Nadia Lesniarek-Hamid, Johnny Lui, Luke Lupton, Kanto Maeda, Kwamina Monney, Niklas Nordström, Pedro Peña Jurado, Piercarlo Quecchia, Rebecca Roberts, Tobias Schaffrin, Carlos Tolosa Tejedor, Antonio Torres Tebar, Maria Vega Lopez, Marta Vigeant Gomes.
Visualisations.- Michal Baurycza.
Vasileios Kalisperakis.
Design Technologies.- Mikolaj Bazaczek.
Massimo Corradi.
Gia My Long.
Sahng O Lee.
Javier Muñoz Galán.
Dominik Nüssen.
Planning.- The Planning Lab.
Structural and Services.- Mott McDonald.
Cost.- Mott McDonald.
Inclusive Design.- David Bonnett Associates.
Royal College of Art (RCA). Client Representative.- Dr Paul Thompson.
Site Area.- 47,038 sqft / 4,370 sqm.
Gross floor area (GFA).- 166,841 sqft /15,500 sqm.
Number of levels.- 8.
Footprint.- 68,888 sqft / 6,400 sqm.
Length.- 318 ft / 97 m.
Width.- 183 ft / 56 m.
Height.- 108 ft / 33 m.
Gross volume (GV).- 4,703,918 cbft / 133,200 cbm.
Facade surface.- 91,170 sqft / 8,470 sqm.
The Research and Innovation Building.- 3,723 sqm across 8 floors
Workshop, Level 00.- 1,643 sqm.
Studios, Levels 01-03.- 5,753 sqm.
Reception Area, Level 00.- 49 sqm .
Seminar Rooms, Level 01.- 130 sqm.
Library and material shop, Levels 00 and 01.- 237 sqm.
The Hangar.- 556 sqm.
Competition.- 2016.  
Project.- 2016-2018.
Realization.- 2018-2021.
Kensington Gore, South Kensington, London SW7 2EU, United Kingdom.
The new campus is furnished with work by the following alumni:
● Tip Ton chair by Edward Barber & Jay Osgerby for Vitra,
● Arc Stool by Jemma Ooi & Nathan Philpott for Custhom
● E8 table by Mathias Hahn for Zeitraum
● Sam Son Chair for Magis (2015), Konstantin Grcic
● Comma by Vitra ● with wayfinding led by the acclaimed graphic designer and the RCA’s former senior tutor in Graphics, Margaret Calvert, showcasing the College’s contribution to industrial design over the years.
Iwan Baan.


Herzog & de Meuron Architekten is a Swiss architecture firm, founded and headquartered in Basel, Switzerland in 1978. The careers of founders and senior partners Jacques Herzog (born 1950), and Pierre de Meuron (born 1950), closely paralleled one another, with both attending the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) in Zürich. They are perhaps best known for their conversion of the giant Bankside Power Station in London to the new home of the Tate Museum of Modern Art (2000). Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron have been visiting professors at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design since 1994 (and in 1989) and professors at ETH Zürich since 1999. They are co-founders of the ETH Studio Basel – Contemporary City Institute, which started a research programme on processes of transformation in the urban domain.

Herzog & de Meuron is a partnership led by five Senior Partners – Jacques Herzog, Pierre de Meuron, Christine Binswanger, Ascan Mergenthaler and Stefan Marbach. An international team of 38 Associates and about 362 collaborators.

Herzog & de Meuron received international attention very early in their career with the Blue House in Oberwil, Switzerland (1980); the Stone House in Tavole, Italy (1988); and the Apartment Building along a Party Wall in Basel (1988).  The firm’s breakthrough project was the Ricola Storage Building in Laufen, Switzerland (1987).  Renown in the United States came with Dominus Winery in Yountville, California (1998). The Goetz Collection, a Gallery for a Private Collection of Modern Art in Munich (1992), stands at the beginning of a series of internationally acclaimed museum buildings such as the Küppersmühle Museum for the Grothe Collection in Duisburg, Germany (1999). Their most recognized buildings include Prada Aoyama in Tokyo, Japan (2003); Allianz Arena in Munich, Germany (2005); the new Cottbus Library for the BTU Cottbus, Germany (2005); the National Stadium Beijing, the Main Stadium for the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China; VitraHaus, a building to present Vitra’s “Home Collection“, Weil am Rhein, Germany (2010); and 1111 Lincoln Road, a multi-storey mixed-use structure for parking, retail, a restaurant and a private residence in Miami Beach, Florida, USA (2010), the Actelion Business Center in Allschwil/Basel, Switzerland (2010). In recent years, Herzog & de Meuron have also completed projects such as the New Hall for Messe Basel Switzerland (2013), the Ricola Kräuterzentrum in Laufen (2014), which is the seventh building in a series of collaborations with Ricola, with whom Herzog & de Meuron began to work in the 1980s; and the Naturbad Riehen (2014), a public natural swimming pool. In April 2014, the practice completed its first project in Brazil: the Arena do Morro in the neighbourhood of Mãe Luiza, Natal, is the pioneering project within the wider urban proposal “A Vision for Mãe Luiza”.

Herzog & de Meuron have completed 6 projects since the beginning of 2015: a new mountain station including a restaurant on top of the Chäserrugg (2262 metres above sea level) in Toggenburg, Switzerland; Helsinki Dreispitz, a residential development and archive in Münchenstein/Basel, Switzerland; Asklepios 8 – an office building on the Novartis Campus in Basel, Switzerland; the Slow Food Pavilion for Expo 2015 in Milan, Italy; the new Bordeaux stadium, a 42’000 seat multifunctional stadium for Bordeaux, France; Miu Miu Aoyama, a 720 m² boutique for the Prada-owned brand located on Miyuki Street, across the road from Prada Aoyama, Tokyo, Japan.

In many projects the architects have worked together with artists, an eminent example of that practice being the collaboration with Rémy Zaugg, Thomas Ruff and with Michael Craig-Martin.

Professionally, the Herzog & de Meuron partnership has grown to become an office with over 120 people worldwide. In addition to their headquarters in Basel, they have offices in London, Munich and San Francisco. Herzog has explained, “We work in teams, but the teams are not permanent. We rearrange them as new projects begin. All of the work results from discussions between Pierre and me, as well as our other partners, Harry Gugger and Christine Binswanger. The work by various teams may involve many different talents to achieve the best results which is a final product called architecture by Herzog & de Meuron.”




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