The reading room, café and bar benefit from bespoke joinery designed in collaboration with Terrance Conran's furniture brand Benchmark


The Royal College of Art

The Royal College of Art


Undertaken during the summer term break, the project included a new bar, cafe and reading room, with all the furniture and joinery items custom designed for the Royal College.

The RCA Dyson Building is the most significant new development to the Royal College of Art since it moved to Kensington Gore in 1962 and forms the centrepiece of the RCA's new Battersea Campus. It contains the printmaking and photography programmes, new business incubator units, a gallery and 220-seat lecture theatre.


As part of this project, Lyndon Goode Architects worked with Haworth Tompkins and the RCA team to deliver a new bar, cafe and reading room, including bespoke workstations and tables designed especially for the college. The brief included a requirement for flexible spaces, to enable the bar and cafe area to be used for end of year shows, events, student presentations and informal lunches. A mobile bar unit was developed, complete with integrated drainage, wash hand basin and fridge. The unit divides into two separate sections, working placed together either by long or short edge.


"Lyndon Goode were proactive, energetic and knowledgeable at each stage of the process", said Simon Levine, the Head of Buildings and Estates, of the project, "The end result is a successful project that we will enjoy for many years to come".



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