Sackler Gallery

Sackler Gallery

W1

Location

BURLINGTON HOUSE, PICCADILLY

Date

1985-1991

Partner

ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS

Architect

FOSTER + PARTNERS

A delicate and highly complex intervention was required to transform the tight space provided by the two Grade 1 listed 17th century mansions into a state-of-the-art gallery capable of accommodating large numbers of visitors.

The gallery roofs were replaced by lightweight barrel-vaulted ceilings and a new gallery was created, along with a lift and staircase, in a neglected lightwell between Burlington House and a Victorian extension.

The subsequent stripping back of unwanted historical additions revealed the garden façade of Burlington House for the first time in over a century.

Stanhope provided strategic advice to the Royal Academy and its design team and our experience enabled the project to be completed successfully within time and budget.