Herzog & de Meuron’s design for the new flagship building of the Royal College of Art’s Battersea campus has been granted planning approval by Wandsworth Council. Unveiled last fall, the £108 million building will mark an “important step” in the evolution of the RCA into a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics)-focused postgraduate university. The new building will house facilities for a range of art, design and innovation programs, including laboratories for computers, robotics wearing technologies, material science and advanced manufacturing. Additionally, space will be allocated to host start-up businesses as part of the InnovationRCA incubator program. Central to the building design will be a double-height construction and exhibition space where large-scale works can be assembled and displayed. Student amenities will include a publicly accessible cafe and an art materials store. The building has been designed throughout for intuitive circulation and connections to the surrounding area and public space.
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