The Manser Practice was appointed as the executive architect to deliver the conversion of a Grade II* listed 18th Century house in Mayfair into a destination place for food, art and music.
Formerly the home of the Royal Institute of British Architects, the building had lain derelict for almost a decade. Despite its neglected state there was significant resistance to the conversion of an original James Wyatt house into a series of bars, a restaurant and a gallery space. We successfully liaised with heritage consultants to transform the building into an exciting modern venue, while restoring and preserving the most important elements of the Wyatt interior for future generations.
In order for the building to function successfully, the existing basement was extended under the Gallery, West Bar and East Bar to create the main preparation and finishing kitchens for the ground floor restaurants. A smaller kitchen was created at first floor to serve the fine dining restaurant in the Library and Lecture rooms. Additional space was also created within the building by constructing a new mezzanine floor in the original double-height East Gallery.
We worked closely with the contractor to ensure the best possible finishes, securing specialist boat builders from the Isle of Wight to produce the distinctive egg-like bathroom pods.