Royal College of Art launches new vision for buildings and courses

Herzog & de Meuron design for part of the RCA's Battersea South campus (above - from Dezeen)

The RCA is opening a new state of the art building designed by internationally acclaimed architects Herzog & de Meuron opposite its Battersea campus. A landmark for London and a new blueprint for creative education, it forms part of an ambitious programme to revitalise its buildings and educational provision.

Some 16,000 square meters of studios, workshops, labs and research centres, including a double height hangar space, will be built. Public walkways intersect the site, referencing the original Victorian street grid of this quarter of London. The headquarters of fashion designer Vivienne Westwood and architects Foster & Partners are in close proximity.

Generation RCA is a five year campaign representing the most significant development its its history since the College was founded in 1837. The new academic vision focusses on three pillars: places, projects and people.