Details – To mark its 250th anniversary, The Royal Academy has undergone a £56 million redevelopment.
The renovation has greatly expanded the amount of publicly accessible space for exhibitions in the building and has created an area permanently dedicated to architecture.
The 250-seat auditorium is the most visible new intervention in the Burlington Gardens building, and is called the Benjamin West Lecture Theatre.
The day-lit space, which can be darkened throughout the use of blinds and a blue curtain, will be used to host public lectures and talks, as well as Royal Academy meetings.
To create space in the building for the auditorium, David Chipperfield Architects removed the Wolfson British Academy Room. As this room is included on the heritage listing, it had to be deconstructed without damage.