Sheppard Architects

Royal Society of Arts, London

The transformation and refurbishment of the Robert Adam buildings, providing integrated facilities around a new atrium.

The Royal Society of Arts describes itself as “The intellectual and social home of some of the greatest thinkers and social activists of the post 250 years”

Our project transformed the magnificent Robert Adam buildings, modernising the RSA by creating new spaces and facilities. Key to this was the formation of a new atrium between the existing buildings, and a new staircase that helped to free up circulation around the buildings. Unused basement vaults were turned into a new auditorium and restaurant facilities. The historically sympathetic refurbishment of teaching rooms and public spaces was complemented by sensitive contemporary interventions to this major historic building.