RIBA Great British Buildings Tour
An autumnal October evening set the scene for a Great British Buildings tour of the Gagosian Gallery in Mayfair. Organised by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) the UK-wide series offers the public an opportunity to visit some of this year's RIBA award winning buildings and a unique chance to hear the inside story about the project directly from the architects involved.
Starting at the gallery’s distinctive brick clad exterior, TateHindle Director Harish Ratna and Gary Waterston, Director of Gagosian Gallery led an inquisitive audience through the building, dwelling on key architectural features including the creation of museum quality double-height spaces as well as the multitude of technical challenges including specifying some of the largest openable windows in the UK; a bespoke lighting system designed to be seamless; and selecting flooring made up of 40,000 end blocks of exquisite smoked oak.
The highlight of the evening was the chance to peek behind the scenes and tour extensive back of house spaces including private viewing rooms, staff offices, the library and storage facilities for artworks. Read more about the project here.