The scheme designed by Ian Ritchie Architects works with the historic context and architectural grain of this formerly neglected part of Covent Garden to create a vibrant, elegant new area of public space.
A contemporary central piazza forms the focal point of the development, which contains residential apartments, shops and restaurants.
Winner 2017 Constructing Excellence Awards – Building of the Year (London & South East)
Finalist 2017 WAF Awards: Mixed-use – Completed Buildings & Best Use of Colour Prize
The Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL is one of the first buildings ever designed incorporating latest neuroscientific knowledge into its fabric from inception, and in open collaboration with its prospective neuroscientist users.
“This is a shockingly good building to work in.” Adam Kampff, PI
Winner 2017 RICS Project of the Year Award (London)
Winner 2017 RICS Design through Innovation Award (London)
Winner 2016 BCI Major Building of the Year Award (over £50m)
Overall Winner 2016 LEAF Awards (Leading European Architecture Forum)
Winner 2016 LEAF Façade Design & Engineering Award
The Royal Academy of Music’s adaptable new Theatre and Recital Hall provides state-of-the-art stage and recording facilities suitable for opera and musical theatre productions. Our scheme was unanimously granted planning permission and listed building consent by Westminster City Council, and is scheduled for completion in 2017.
Commendation 2017 Architectural Review Future Projects Awards
Finalist 2017 WAF Awards: Education – Future Projects
The RIBA national award-winning, now iconic Courtyard Theatre designed by Ian Ritchie Architects has been transformed into a vibrant, naturally lit collection of dramatic theatre performance spaces over five floors within the original, naturally weathered folded Corten steel sheet envelope.
“The Other Place is a fabulous achievement.” Erica Whyman, RSC Deputy Artistic Director
Finalist 2017 WAF Awards: New & Old – Completed Buildings
The Spire Monument in Dublin’s centre was inspired by and reflects the ever-changing light and composition of the Irish skies. The elegant and remarkably slender form continues the tradition of standing stones and obelisks and was designed to embody an optimistic and far reaching spirit of contemporary Ireland.
All theatre production activities in Plymouth Theatre Royal’s TR2 are centralised and integrated with educational and rehearsal spaces. The design’s most striking elements are rehearsal pods, clad in a unique woven phosphor-bronze cloth, soft to eye and hand, ‘randomly’ placed on the rock riverbank.
Ian Ritchie Architects’ design for a permanent Concert Platform in Corten steel in London’s Crystal Palace Park is sculptural without being sculpture, bold yet reinforcing the surrounding rich and beautiful Paxton landscape. Nevertheless, its simplicity belies the complex acoustic performance required of it.
This 3,000m2 research office building was designed for the Prudential and Magdalen College JV. The building ‘floats’ above undercroft parking, the entrance sheltered and east and west facing windows shaded by horizontal veils of stainless steel mesh. The design provides adaptable accommodation for single or multiple occupancy, and the environmental controls permit natural ventilation through to full air conditioning.
Ian Ritchie Architects were commissioned by Stanhope to design, detail, supervise and deliver a multi-tenancy research-office building of 9,000m2 within 52 weeks to a fixed budget at the renowned Stockley Park. We developed the first double glazed Planar with Pilkington for the external walls. The finished building gave 92% nett rental area and received several awards.
Ian Ritchie Architects led the design and realisation of the world’s largest glass hall for the new Leipzig International Exhibition Centre in collaboration with gmp. Combining simplicity of concept and construction with elegance and economy, it appears as a filigree shell within the site’s central landscape.
Ian Ritchie Architects designed the three iconic 35m high glass circulation towers giving the new Reina Sofia Museum of Modern Art in Madrid its architectural image. It was the world’s first glass installation which transferred wind load through the corner glass panels.
Ian Ritchie Architects helped conceive and develop the structure and glazing designs of the 6,000m2 roofs covering the three internal courtyards of the Louvre’s Richelieu wing, creating the Museum’s new Sculpture Courts proposed by I. M. Pei & Michel Macary.
In 1981 Ian Ritchie established his own architectural practice – Ian Ritchie Architects Ltd. (iRAL) and co-founded Rice Francis Ritchie (RFR) a design engineering practice in Paris – with Peter Rice and Martin Francis.
RFR did seminal work during the 80s on the Museum of Science, Technology and Industry at La Villette, and the Louvre – pyramids and sculpture courts.
By the 1990s iRAL had became world-renowned for their glass structures, material-technical innovation and intelligent environmental and sustainable design – of which iRAL’s most recent major project, the Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour, in London, completed in 2016, is an evolution.
iRAL has won over 60 competitions in Europe and the UK and received over 70 national and international awards.
In this book extract Ian Ritchie RA reveals the deeper meaning of his life as an architect
A career in architecture engages with so many disciplines and aspects of life it is impossible not to enjoy it. The cyclical phenomena of nature – day following night following day, the life-regenerating cycle of the seasons – provide evidence for the Taoist paradigm. Successes and failures in architecture are part of the duality of being alive – happy and sad, good and bad, life and death. I am reminded that no amount of darkness can extinguish a candle’s flame. This is why, for me, optimism always prevails.
Ian Ritchie Architects’ design philosophy is informed by an investigative and creative approach to each unique project.
Our architecture aims to create - through space and surface defined by light and texture – buildings and environments designed to enhance the physical and mental well-being of the people who inhabit the spaces we create.
We seek to achieve this by means of open, pan-disciplinary collaboration between the client, industry and the design team, and the exchange of ideas and information beyond the normal frame of architecture.
As a result of our philosophy and methodology, two identifiable strengths of the practice have been its material-technical innovation and ability to find elegant solutions to the challenges of each project.
Our conceptual thinking integrates art, science, technology and economy with architecture and landscape.
20th July saw the topping out with the placing of the glass to the Recital Hall cupola. The picture shows the Principal Jonathan Freeman-Attwood with the architect, Ian Ritchie.
iRAL are delighted to have three projects selected as World Architecture Festival Awards finalists:
Mercers Walk: Mixed-use – Completed Buildings – Supported by ABB
Mercers Walk is also a finalist in the ‘Best Use of Colour Prize – Completed Buildings’ category.
Royal Shakespeare Company – The Other Place: New & Old – Completed Buildings
Royal Academy of Music: Education – Future Projects
iRAL are pleased to announce Mercers Walk as the 2017 Winner of the Constructing Excellence Building of the Year Award (London and South East).
iRAL are pleased to announce Sainsbury Wellcome Centre as the winner of the 2017 Duplex Award at the Galvanising Awards.
RIBA North will open on the 17th of June with the inaugural exhibition Liverpool(e): Mover, Shaker, Architectural Risk-Taker – original drawings and models from the RIBA Collection. A newly commissioned film features an interview with Ian Ritchie.
Sainsbury Wellcome Centre for Neural Circuits and Behaviour at UCL is the 2017 Winner of the prestigious RICS Project of the Year Award (London) and Design through Innovation Award.
All category winners will go forward to compete against other regional winners at the national RICS Awards Grand Final on 2 November 2017 in London.