In September 2022, it will be 90 years since the Building Centre first opened their doors. 90 experts from across the architecture and built environment industry, plus world renowned actors, broadcasters, sculptors, composers and artists were invited to nominate a building or place, built within the last 90 years, which holds special significance to them.
The first ten was unveiled by the Built Environment Trust to the public earlier this month and we are delighted and surprised to discover, two of our projects were on the list; Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists selected by Nicole Farhi, Sculptor and Royal Shakespeare Theatre chosen by Greg Doran, Artistic director at Royal Shakespeare Theatre.
“I was drawn to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists because I believe that function and beauty can be the same thing. In my own work, I try to connect the traditional with the new. What is more represented than the human body? And yet what also reveals itself in new dimensions all the time? Inside a hop warehouse, I saw an aspiring, rising staircase which served as a metaphor for the work of the college – towards an ideal of women’s health." – Nicole Farhi on why she chose RCOG.
"Today, from the top of our theatre tower, which echoes the original Campanile tower of the 1879 Memorial Theatre, you can survey the three distinct stages of the theatre’s development." – Greg Doran recalls his childhood memories visiting the theatre.
View the full list of top ten on the Building Centre's new website: https://90years.buildingcentre.co.uk/buildings/
2017 - 2020
The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists’ new home will provide contemporary office spaces, conferencing facilities and a public café.
Won through international competition, this prestigious project involves construction of a new ‘thrust stage’ main auditorium and remodelling of public and back-of-house spaces whilst retaining the art deco interiors of the existing foyers.