Herzog & de Meuron has won the invited competition to appoint architects for the Royal College of Art’s new state-of-the-art £108m Battersea South campus. As Chair of the Architectural Selection Panel (ASP), RCA Rector Dr Paul Thompson noted that Herzog & de Meuron was the ‘clear choice of the competition jury’.
The competition called for a strategic design approach to a new centre for the world’s pre-eminent art and design university’s Battersea campus. Herzog & de Meuron’s submission demonstrated a deep understanding of the potential for Battersea, making new connections and foreseeing the possibilities for sustainable place-making.
Saying that he was delighted to win the competition, Pierre de Meuron noted that the RCA set a challenging brief to look forward and visualise the spaces needed to deliver innovation and expertise. As he remarked, the Battersea site offers ‘an opportunity to rethink the RCA campus and establish the patterns of connectivity and organisation that will make a successful building’. Source by Royal College of Art Design.
Article by Marco Rinaldi