RIBA, or rather, the headquarters of RIBA, isn't a museum per se. In fact, I couldn't call it a museum at all, but it does have some exhibits in terms of displays of award-winning architecture, mainly photographs. It's also free. And, it's a pretty stunning building inside, which is worth a look.
And that's the point. The interior is classic art-deco style, and it's a very welcoming space. In fact, I walked in and no-one asked me who I was, and I wandered around looking at things and taking pictures until I went one floor too high and found myself amongst office meeting rooms.
Which is why I thought I'd put an entry on the blog - this surely is what architecture is about. Creating a welcoming and useful space for people. Not only was it welcoming, it also basically functions as a large, 2 floor cafe and bar, with great food and drink, all in a beautiful setting. And the bonus - most people don't know it's there...
|Art Deco - nice pillar positioning, Mr Photographer|
|One of the award-winning buildings. Nice|
From RIBA's website:
"Our HQ is a fine Grade II-listed 1930s building, designed by Grey Wornum, at the junction of Portland Place and Weymouth Street in London W1. It is just up the road from the BBC's Broadcasting House HQ, near Regents Park, and close to Great Portland Street and Oxford Circus underground stations.
The building also houses a café with outdoor terrace, galleries hosting exhibitions|, lecture theatres for talks, and is home to the finest architectural library in the world. Rooms - from small meeting rooms to grand halls - can be hired out for functions, conferences or seminars.
The British Architectural Library| is open to members and to non-members on production of proof of identity. Visitors of all ages are welcome, and we hope to see you soon! "
And on the subject of architecture, and the BBC, worth popping round the corner for a look at the £1Bn extension to Broadcasting House. I like it, although that does seem like an awful lot of money.
|Broadcasting House extension - that bit in the middle|
Go to the cafe. And check for events, there seem to be a lot, although you might need to pretend to be an architect. And the library sounds good.
Food and Drink: This place is all about food and drink.
Toilets: Excellent. And life-saving
Travel: It's here.