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RIBA and Google Arts & Culture launch new partnership

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RIBA and Google Arts & Culture launch new digital partnership

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is pleased to announce a new digital collaboration with Google Arts & Culture, the leading online platform that uses technology to share the unique collections and cultural institutions with a global audience.

RIBA has one of the largest, oldest and most significant architectural collections in the world and is the first UK organisation dedicated to architecture to partner with Google Arts & Culture.

Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome 1957:
Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome
photo : RIBA Collections

From Friday 21 May, a specially curated selection of 15 online stories will be published and free to view on the Google Arts & Culture platform. They range from the creation of Central Park in New York, modernist buildings in Ghana to the Picturesque movement and from a century of Olympic buildings to a historic tour of key architectural landmarks in Venice.

Le Corbusier and Jane Drew lying on a rug, relaxing in a garden 1946:
Le Corbusier and Jane Drew lying on a rug
photo : RIBA Collections

Featured highlights from the RIBA’s collections will include original drawings by Ernö Goldfinger, Sir Charles Barry (Big Ben), Étienne-Louis Boullée and Toyo Ito. Featured projects include work by Walter Gropius, Pier Luigi Nervi, Kenzo Tange, Jane Drew & Maxwell Fry, Zaha Hadid and Diller Scofidio & Renfro. Early photography of New York and Venice (Carlo Ponti, Carlo Naya and Alinari Fratelli) from the 1860s onwards. A photo of the Louvre in Paris under construction in 1846 can be viewed up close, revealing extraordinary levels of detail.

College of Technology, Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana, Africa – the workshop 1956:
College of Technology, Kumasi, Ashanti Region, Ghana, Africa
photo : Peter Pitt, Architectural Press Archive, RIBA Collections

The curated selection illustrates the international scope of RIBA’s Collection, spanning the Renaissance to the present day. It includes some never-before-exhibited objects that showcase more unusual parts of the archive, such as landscape designer Sir Humphrey Repton’s drawings and business card, private photographs from architects, portraits, parks and garden designs.

Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome – precast concrete roof under construction 1952:
Palazzetto dello Sport, Rome precast concrete roof
photo : RIBA Collections

RIBA CEO Alan Vallance:

“Our new partnership with Google Arts & Culture creates a great opportunity to inspire and delight a global audience and to showcase our unique treasures. We look forward to curating more online experiences and exhibitions, to illustrate the impact and importance of design and architecture, throughout the ages and around the world.”

Amit Sood, Director, Google Arts & Culture:

“This is the first step in what we hope will be an inspiring architectural journey with RIBA on Google Arts & Culture. Through our collaboration, we are proud to help share their incredible stories and resources with architecture lovers and aspiring students around the world. RIBA has one of the world’s leading architecture collections and inspires and supports global architectural talent as we look to designing the future.”

Design for a stage set and proscenium arch for a performance of the opera ‘La Clemenza di Tito, Lisbon Opera House 1755:
Lisbon Opera House
photo : RIBA Collections

Link to RIBA Google Arts & Culture hub: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/riba

RIBA’s opening Google Arts & Culture programme features:

Revealing the RIBA Collection

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) has collected architecture drawings, photographs, books and artefacts for almost 200 years. Take a glimpse into the collection of over 4 million objects


Venice – City of Architectural Awe

Chiesa del Redentore, Dorsoduro, Venice, seen from the Canale della Giudecca 1880:
Chiesa del Redentore, Dorsoduro, Venice
photo : Carlo Naya, RIBA Collections

To mark the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale opening in 2021, RIBA shares its collection items to present a unique architectural tour of the ‘floating city’, both past and present.


Rafael Moneo

Murcia Town Hall, Murcia 2012:
Murcia Town Hall Spain building by Rafael Moneo
photo : David Cabrera, RIBA Collections

To celebrate the most recent recipient of the Golden Lion for Lifetime Achievement award, this story looks at five key buildings from the Spanish architect’s sixty-year career.


Civic Architecture in Modern Ghana

National Cathedral of Ghana, Africa, building design by Adjaye Associates, London, UK:
National Cathedral of Ghana, Africa, building design by Adjaye Associates
photo : RIBA Collections

Explore six civic buildings from the Republic of Ghana, from the time of late imperialism to present day by architects including Jane Drew, Maxwell Fry, Lindsey Drake, Sir Denis Lasdun and a practice still running today, James Cubitt & Partners. Sir David Adjaye’s designs for a new Cathedral for Accra are included.


Central Park

Discover how the heart of Manhattan and lungs of New York City came about through a unique collaboration between an architect and a farmer. Highlights include original photos from the 1860s of the park’s first bridges.


A Century of Olympian Architecture

Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam 1920:
Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
photo : Chester Henry Jones, RIBA Collections

Travel the world and experience the spectacular stadiums that have been built for past Olympic and Paralympic Games. Highlights include photographs of the 1936 Berlin ‘Reichssportfeld’, the 1960 Palazzo dello Sport in Rome, the 1972 Munich Stadium by Otto Frei, key commissions for Barcelona in 1992 and interview footage with Kengo Kuma, designers of the Tokyo Stadium for July 2021.


People and Parks

There is more to a park than a simple stroll. Discover how public parks bring emotional well-being through congregation, creativity and commemoration, featuring details from Gaudi’s Park Güell in Barcelona, memorial parks in Hiroshima and the new Northala Fields park outside London.


Urban Parks: From Industrial Wasteland to Palace Pavilions

Explore the history behind urban parks from around the world, exploring their location and their architectural structures. Millennium Park, Chicago; Maria Luisa Park, Seville; High Line Park, New York and Sefton Park, Liverpool.


Planning the Picturesque

This story takes you on a scenic trail to experience the aesthetically delightful but highly choreographed ‘Picturesque’ movement. Featuring work by You+Pea.


Architectural Style and Media

What makes a style? Explore how popular culture and media impact architectural styles from the Renaissance to present day. With contemporary contributions by Space Popular and featuring the exhibition Freestyle – Architectural Adventures in Mass Media from RIBA’s Architecture Gallery in London.


The Power of Perspective

This story traces how perspective in architectural drawing has been used across 500 years. With contemporary contributions by Sam Jacob Studio.


The Architecture of Modern Play

Find out how the 20th century saw a surge in new thinking about design for children’s play. Featuring recent work from Assemble and Simon Terrill.


Beyond Bauhaus – Chapter One: When Britain became Modern

On the centenary of the opening of Germany’s most famous art school in 2019, RIBA’s exhibition ‘Beyond Bauhaus’ looked afresh at the influence of three notable Bauhaus teachers on the modern movement in Britain. With 360˚photography of the exhibition from RIBA’s Architecture Gallery.


Beyond Bauhaus – Chapter Two: Designing the Modern Home

On the centenary of the opening of Germany’s most famous art school in 2019, RIBA’s exhibition ‘Beyond Bauhaus’ revisited the origin of the modern home in Britain. With 360˚photography of the exhibition from RIBA’s Architecture Gallery.


Royal Institute of British Architects

The Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is a global professional membership body and the custodian of one of the world’s oldest and largest architectural collection. Since 1834, it has advocated for excellence in architecture. This feature presents a range of activity by RIBA, working on behalf of architects and architecture.


About the RIBA Collections

The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) is home to one of the world’s leading architecture collections. The RIBA Collections feature over four million items spanning the history of architecture from the 15th century to the present day. Among them are rare illustrated texts, original drawings, architecture models, archive material and photographs, offering global scope and rich historical detail.

The RIBA collections in London are free to visit and open to all. At two main locations in London, visitors can discover and explore some of the treasures of the collection. Online, people can explore the archive and purchase images from the collection. RIBA has a dynamic programme of exhibitions and events that engage and bring the collection to life, inviting visitors to interact with architectural history within a contemporary framework.


Link to RIBA pages on Google Arts & Culture: https://artsandculture.google.com/project/riba

About RIBA’s cultural programme

RIBA runs a programme of exhibitions and events, including online talks:

Exhibitions: https://www.architecture.com/explore-architecture/exhibitions

Events and online talks: https://www.architecture.com/whats-on?singleSelection=true&Category=Cultural

RIBA’s image library, RIBApix, has over 100,000 drawings and photographs from the RIBA Collections available to view, buy and download:


Google Arts & Culture

Google Arts & Culture puts the collections of more than 2,000 museums at your fingertips. It’s an immersive way to explore art, history and the wonders of the world, from Van Gogh’s bedroom paintings to the women’s rights movement and the Taj Mahal. The Google Arts & Culture app is free and available online for iOS and Android. The team has been an innovation partner for cultural institutions since 2011. Google Arts & Culture develops technologies that help preserve and share culture and allow curators to create engaging exhibitions online and offline.

Google Arts & Culture social media handles:
Instagram: @googleartsculture
Twitter: @googlearts
Facebook: @googleartsculture

– Habitat warehouse, Wallingford, UK: children playing on the sculpture by Eduardo Paolozzi, 1974, © John Donat/RIBA Collections

– Ernö Goldfinger’s design for the exterior of 1-3 Willow Road, Hampstead, London, 1934 © RIBA Collections

– Chiesa del Redentore, Venice, 1880, by Carlo Naya © RIBA Collections

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