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Study Centre, Royal Geographical Society, UK

Studio Downie Architects

This building is the headquarters of the Royal Geographical Society, Exhibition Road, London, a new home for their prestigious collection of 2,000,000 items - maps, photographs, books, photographs, artefacts and documents - that tell the story of 500 years of geographical research and exploration and includes important artefacts from Darwin’s Sextant to Sir Ranulph Fiennes‘ polar sledge.

A sensitive listed context, the planners required a high quality palette of materials to complement the historical fabric; the client required materials with minimal maintenance and long life.

Studio Downie Architects felt copper met the parameters. Traditional yet contemporary, robust, elegant detailing, reflective and alive, the pattern of joints and shadows complementing the grain of the new brick panels.

It was also used to form a powerful floating picture frame to each end of the principal feature – the telescope – an entrance space that provides previously unseen dramatic views through to the Royal Albert Hall.

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Building

Owner: 
Royal Geographical Society (IBG)
Completion date: 
2004
Country: 
United Kingdom
Zip code: 
SW7 2AR
City: 
London
Street: 
1 Kensington Gore

Categories

Applications: 
Roofs
Type of building: 
Cultural
Educational
Copper used: 
Classic
Estate: 
New

Architect

Name, office: 
Studio Downie Architects
Address & description: 
146 New Cavendish Street, London W1W 6YQ

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