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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. View more View full description
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