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The Void Practice Rooms, Royal Academy of Music
A bronze-clad music practice extension to RAM's historic estate, designed as a modern, angular companion to the existing zinc-clad concert hall also by JMP.
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The site is the unresolved semi-light well between the main RAM building, the Jack Lyons theatre, and Burton's terraces to the north. The building is conceived as a "single cell" element of contrasting yet sympathetic form that fits into place like a piece in a puzzle.
The form, language and materiality have been derived from its historic environment, internal functions and the already achieved contemporary concert hall by JMP.   Instead of a curved form clad in grey metal, the new building has an angular mineral-like form of earthy colouration, providing a fitting contrast of form adding to the ever interesting enclave of contrast that makes up the Academy campus.  A new irregularly shaped acoustic room at the top is also provided, devoted to Opera.
  • Sector

    Higher Education, Culture

  • Location

    London, UK

  • Description


  • Client

    Royal Academy of Music

  • Size

    378 sqm

  • Cost


  • Team

    John McAslan + Partners, Architect
    Davis Langdon LLP, Project Manager / QS / CDM
    AECOM, Multi-Disciplinary Engineer
    DP9, Planning Consultant
    Richard Coleman, Historic Buildings Consultant
    GIA, Rights of Light Consultant
    Sandy Brown Associates, Acoustic Consultant
    David Bonnet Associates, Access Consultant
    GSA LTD, Approved Inspector

  • Status

    Completed 2009

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