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Royal Society of Arts, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, 2019.

Royal Society of Arts, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, 2019.
:DGIL-0301-0002
: Lightwell staircase accessing Rawthmells Café. Royal Society of Arts, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, 2019.
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:3527 x 4758 pixels
:18/01/2019
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:Dennis Gilbert/VIEW
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:Royal Society of Arts
:Royal Society of Arts, London, United Kingdom. Architect: Burrell Foley Fischer LLP, 2019.
:John Adam Street
:London
:United Kingdom
:Burrell Foley Fischer LLP
:www.bff-architects.co.uk
:Culture And Entertainment
:Cultural Institution
:2019
:VIEW Architecture
:The RSA commissioned Burrell Foley Fischer LLP (BFF) as their Architect for their ambitious 21st Century Enlightenment Coffeehouse Project. Coffeehouses, first established in the 17th and 18th centuries, were places where, for the price of a cup of coffee, people could meet to share ideas. The RSA was established in an enlightenment coffeehouse, named Rawthmells, in 1754 by a group of people with a shared vision for a better tomorrow. Like the original coffeehouse, they want their 21st-century version to be a place where individuals become part of a greater movement for social change – a natural home for anyone who wants to change the world. They see it as somewhere that enables people to connect, share knowledge, collaborate, and build new communities to tackle the social challenges of our time. BFF were tasked with delivering their vision on the unpromising floor plates located at an upper and lower mezzanine level between the ground floor level and basement vaults within the RSA’s ‘House’. The mezzanines, comprising a rabbit warren of small rooms, suffered from poor natural light and low ceilings. The RSA ‘House’ is formed from five properties that have been connected over time in a manner that makes wayfinding challenging. A clear route to the coffeehouse from the main entrance was established providing step free access by lift and a gentle ramp created in the main stairwell in a former lightwell. Once within the coffeehouse a series of enfilade spaces have been created along the length of John Adam Street through forming openings in the party walls to the five properties comprising the RSA ‘House’. A Hellerup stair connects the upper and lower mezzanine level of the coffeehouse. The different levels and spaces, while presenting a coherent vision for the coffeehouse, establish spaces with a different feel, suited to all day dining, collaborative working, networking, socialising, quiet study and informal presentations by Fellows on the Hellerup stair. A curated exhibition within the coffeehouse communicates the RSA’s history, values and mission.
:Royal Society of Arts; architecture; culture; entertainment; Cultural Institution; Europe; United Kingdom; London; John Adam Street; 2019; 21st Century; Burrell Foley Fischer LLP; Nobody; Full Frame; general view; day; interior; refurbishment; remodelling; Grade I* and Grade II* building; Enlightenment Coffeehouse; idea sharing; study; networking; socialising; lightwell; stairway; ramp; link; connection; Rawthmells Café; steel structure; exposed brick
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:General view
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:Interior
:Dennis Gilbert
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