Royal Academy in £5.7 million interiors overhaul

The Royal Academy of Arts is overhauling its Keeper’s House space, which is used by RA Friends and the general public, in a £5.7 million project being led by architect Long & Kentish with interior design by David Chipperfield.

The Belle Shenkman Room

Keeper’s House is in the east wing of the RA’s Burlington House building and will be made directly accessible from the courtyard.

The project will see an unused floor in the Keeper’s House converted to host a new Peyton and Byrne restaurant and a new ‘Garden Bar’.

The Dining Room

The two friends spaces – the Sir Hugh Casson Room and the Belle Shenkman Room – will also be modernised, with improved features such as a new lift and improved access to the garden.

The refurbished spaces will also feature newly commissioned artworks from Grayson Perry and other Royal Academicians.

The Garden Bar
The Garden Bar

Charles Saumarez Smith, secretary and chief executive of the RA, says, ‘The beautiful plans… are mindful of the past and the future and are in keeping with previous, well-loved improvements to the Royal Academy.’

The new spaces are set to open next spring.

The Sir Hugh Casson Room
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  • jo hamilton interiors November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    Looking forward to seeing the results

  • Elenor Edwards November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    The garden bar looks like a visual from 1980….very odd?

  • anon. November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    WOW! Totally lacking in imagination. who let Chippo loose on this?

  • Helena November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

    I love it!

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