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The Royal Institute of British Architects champions better buildings, communities and the environment through architecture and our members. We provide the standards, training, support and recognition that put our members – in the UK and overseas – at the peak of their profession.

With government, we work to improve the design quality of public buildings, new homes and new communities.

We also hold one of the largest and most important collections of architectural drawings, photographs and archives| in the world, and stage talks, exhibitions, events| and awards| (including the prestigious RIBA Stirling Prize) that help people see their surroundings in a completely new way.

Venue Type:

Gallery, Architecture centre

Opening hours

Mon - Sat 10.00 - 17.00

Closed: Sunday

Admission charges

Exhibitions: Free admission
Talks and other events: £8.50/5.50 (unless otherwise stated)
Please see www.architecture.com

Getting there

The nearest station's are Regents Park and Great Portland Street station - we are also only a short walk from Oxford Circus.

Additional info

From exhibitions and talks to conferences and awards, the RIBA Trust advances architectural and design excellence through engagement with everyone.

Our Exhibitions, Talks programme and our Library and Collections are open to both the public as well as members. The Collections are based both at 66 Portland Place, London W1 and the Victoria and Albert Museum, London SW7 as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership. Please see www.architecture.com or www.vam.ac.uk/architecture for full details of opening times, education resources and all other events.

For full listings of our events programme please visit www.architecture.com

The RIBA British Architectural Library is a Designated Collection of national importance.

It is the largest and most comprehensive resource in the UK for research and information on all aspects of architecture, and one of the finest collections of architectural material in the world, with over 4 million items.

It comprises the Sir Banister Fletcher Library of books and periodicals, the photographs collection, and the drawing and archives collection which is housed at the Victoria and Albert Museum, as part of the V&A+RIBA Architecture Partnership.

Collection details

Photography, Design, Archives, Architecture

Key artists and exhibits

  • Designated Collection including the greatest collection of the work of Andrea Palladio in the world, as well as the main archives of architects such as Edwin Lutyens and Erno Goldfinger.
Exhibition details are listed below, you may need to scroll down to see them all.
illustration of house interior by Mackintosh

Mackintosh Architecture

  • 18 February — 23 May 2015 *on now

Open Monday - Sunday 10.00am - 5.00pm and Tuesdays 10.00am - 8.00pm

Celebrated worldwide, Charles Rennie Mackintosh is one of the leading figures of late 19th and early 20th Century architecture. Mackintosh Architecture charts a career marked as much by its difficulties as by its successes.

This is the first exhibition to be devoted to his architecture and features over 60 original drawings and watercolours, as well as models, films and portraits. Seen together they reveal the evolution of his style from his early apprenticeship to his later projects as an individual architect and designer.

Highlights of the exhibition include a number of his exquisitely detailed, and highly characteristic, ink drawings for projects including the Glasgow Herald Building, Scotland Street School, and The Hill House; his original design for the Glasgow School of Art along with film footage and a model of the school and a selection of stunning watercolours.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/Feb2015/MackintoshArchitecture.aspx

Brutalist Playground

The Brutalist Playground

  • 10 June — 16 August 2015

This summer the RIBA will present The Brutalist Playground - an exhibition that is part sculpture, part architectural installation, which invites people of all ages to come and play, the Brutalist way. Occupying the entire Architecture Gallery, the immersive landscape is a new commission by design and architecture collective Assemble and artist Simon Terrill. It explores the abstract concrete playgrounds that were designed as part of Brutalist housing estates in the mid-twentieth century, but which no longer exist. They became playgrounds unsuitable for play.

The exhibition draws on features from a number of London estates including Churchill Gardens, Pimlico; the Brunel Estate, Paddington and the Brownfield Estate in Poplar. The playgrounds were often made from concrete, cast into sculptural forms, which presented a distinct move away from previous playground design. They were envisaged as a key aspect of the estate layout and design and as such reflect the preoccupations and social theories of society at that time.

Assemble and Simon Terrill have drawn inspiration from photographs and visual material in the RIBA’s collections, documenting the playgrounds when they were newly built and in use. The exhibition installation will recreate visual elements from the playgrounds in reconstituted foam, creating an interactive, contemporary space where the viewer becomes participant and in this way completes the work. Archive images of the original playgrounds will be projected on the walls.

Assemble on the creation of the installation:
"The challenge of reconstructing elements of now forgotten Brutalist play structures within the RIBA gallery is an exciting opportunity for us to explore contemporary issues surrounding play, by looking at the often surreal objects from the past. Working closely with the RIBA collections and the artist Simon Terrill, the interpretation of these spaces has allowed us to ask questions around materiality and the nature of risk in play, while also giving greater visibility to the incredible original images of the playgrounds that can be found in the collections."

Artist Simon Terrill:
“The original playgrounds evoke a disappearing world of concrete mazes and windswept walkways. Like a Brechtian stage set rendered in concrete, they speak to a time before soft play and highly regulated public space. The recreation of these forms is a kind of inverted hyper-Brutalism. Playable structures reveling in the sharp edged bush hammered concrete forms they reference. The surreal edges of the Brutalist aesthetic are seen here in the form of the playground.”

The Brutalist Playground will be accompanied by a public programme of talks, debates and film screenings as well as workshops and events for families.

Suitable for

  • Any age

Website

http://www.architecture.com/Explore/ExhibitionsandEvents/BrutalistPlayground/BrutalistPlayground.aspx

National Taste: Palladio and British Palladianism

  • 1 September — 31 October 2015

2015 marks the tercentenary of the publication of the first full English translation of Palladio’s I Quattro Libri dell’Architettura and Vitruvius Britannicus. These landmark publications established Palladianism as the British vernacular for the next 100 years – a hugely influential style that, having exported it to America and the colonies, we brought back to Europe in the early 19th century.

Palladianism covered all aspects of building in the UK, from grand country estates and monuments, to barracks, terraces and offices. Using drawings, photographs and models from the RIBA’s collections and others, this exhibition examines and celebrates the development of British classicism in the years 1715 to 1815 and charts its key players, influences and UK landmarks.

Suitable for

  • Family friendly

Website

http://www.architecture.com/WhatsOn/September2015/NationalTastePalladioandBritishPalladianism.aspx

Events details are listed below. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all. For events that don't have a specific date see the 'Resources' tab above.
'A Beautiful Living Thing'

The Glasgow School of Art - A Beautiful Living Thing

  • 23 May 2015 11:30am-12:45pm *on now

Let every artist strive to make his flower a beautiful living thing, something that will convince the world that there may be, there are, things more precious more beautiful - more lasting than life itself. C R Mackintosh 'Seemliness' (Glasgow, 1902)

Marking the final day of the hugely successful ‘Mackintosh Architecture’ exhibition, RIBA in partnership with The Glasgow School of Art (GSA) hosts the London premiere of ‘A Beautiful Living Thing’ - a film by artist Ross Birrell.

Shot inside the Mackintosh building in late December 2014 and early january 2015, the film explores the ruins left after the fire and features specially-composed music performed inside the ruined library by Bill Chandler of the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. The film is part of a major GSA programme aligned to the restoration of the building.

With contributions from artist Ross Birrell and Robyn Calvert - Mackintosh Research Fellow at The Glasgow School of Art - the screening and associated discussion explores the legacy of the fire and celebrates how new art is marking the life of the school as it looks ahead to its future.

Admission

£5

Website

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/the-glasgow-school-of-art-a-beautiful-living-thing-tickets-16749882349

Save the children

Den Day

  • 29 May 2015 10am-12:30pm, 1:30-4pm

We’re proud to be supporting Den Day, Save the Children’s new event for kids to get creative and build their own super shelters out of everyday items – and help save lives. If your family’s taking part, head down to the RIBA’s headquarters at 66 Portland Place to learn how to design and build your very own den. Learn about temporary structures and take inspiration for your dens from photographs and drawings from the RIBA collection.

We will run this workshop in two sessions:
10:00am – 12:30pm
1:30pm – 4:00pm

Led by artist and educator Marianne Holm Hansen.

Find out more about Den Day, including how to sign up to receive your free Den Day kit. A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to the Den Day campaign.

Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Suitable for

  • 7-10
  • 14-15
  • 11-13

Admission

£10 per child, booking online essential and spaces are limited. This ticket price includes a donation to Save the Children’s Den Day campaign and a small administration fee. All materials will be provided.

Website

http://www.architecture.com/DenDay

Resources listed here may include websites, bookable tours and workshops, books, loan boxes and more. You may need to scroll down or click on headers to see them all.

RIBApix

http://www.ribapix.com

A growing online database dedicated to providing you with exceptional and unique images from the collections of the British Architectural Library at the Royal Institute of British Architects, the world's most extensive visual archive devoted to architecture.
RIBApix covers world architecture of all periods together with related subjects such as interior design, landscape, topography, planning, construction and the decorative arts. Many of the images are also of social documentary importance.
All images on this site are copyright of the Royal Institute of British Architects, but low resolution copies may be downloaded for free for personal use or teaching purposes.

Architects in Residence

http://www.architecture.com/EducationAndCareers/ArchitectsinResidence

Architects in Residence is designed to support architects working with teachers on school-based projects in both primary and secondary schools and sixth form colleges.
The resource provides a step-by-step guide to setting up a school based architecture and built environment project. The project model is based on a practitioner partnership between an architect and a teacher and is recognised as CPD for both. It supports both individual projects between a single practitioner and school and larger programmes.
Architects in Residence has been developed and piloted in schools by the RIBA Trust in partnership with Arts Inform, with support from CABE.

Creator

  • RIBA Trust
  • Arts Inform

Publisher

  • RIBA Trust

How We Built Britain

http://www.architecture.com/HowWeBuiltBritain/Home.aspx

Explore a thousand years of British architecture with this online exhibition of photographs, drawings, books, models and manuscripts from the RIBA British Architectural Library, brought to you by RIBA in association with the BBC.
Encounter the wonder of medieval cathedrals, Tudor prodigy houses, Georgian model villages, Scottish baronial castles, Victorian viaducts and 60s tower blocks. Follow the social, political and economic trends that have shaped the unique appearance of Britain's cities, towns and countryside.

Le Corbusier Full Resource Pack

http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBATrust/Programmes/CorbSchools/FullPack.pdf

This downloadable 20 page Full Pack provides a more in-depth outline through a question and answer format for teachers, illustrated with photos, relating the details of Le Corbusier's life and work. It is designed to assist in cross-curricular lesson planning through an exploration of architecture.

Le Corbusier Notes for Teachers

http://www.architecture.com/Files/RIBATrust/Programmes/CorbSchools/NotesForTeachers.pdf

This pack, developed in partnership by Places Matter! and Barbican Education, is inspired by the Le Corbusier: The Art of Architecture exhibition, providing ideas for related work for students and addressing the following questions: Why was Le Corbusier so important? How can he inspire school pupils today? Was he a hero or a villain? How did his ideas change the world? What were the design ideas he proposed? How did his design philosophy evolve? In what ways are these relevant to our understanding the design of the built environment today?

Getting there

The nearest station's are Regents Park and Great Portland Street station - we are also only a short walk from Oxford Circus.

RIBA
66 Portland Place
London
Greater London
W1B 1AD
England

Website

www.architecture.com

E-mail

info@riba.org

Telephone

0207 580 5533

Fax

0207 255 1541

All information is drawn from or provided by the venues themselves and every effort is made to ensure it is correct. Please remember to double check opening hours with the venue concerned before making a special visit.
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