View from 4th floor, 66 Portland Place

View from 4th floor, 66 Portland Place

Facade of 10 Weymouth Street, view from 66 Portland Place

Facade of 10 Weymouth Street, view from 66 Portland Place

A question and half an answer
“What is it made out of?” The question was asked earlier this week by an architecture student gazing out on a startling gold-coloured façade, part of MAKE Architects’ renovation of 10 Weymouth Street. He was a member of a group of diploma students from Westminster University on an architectural tour of 66 Portland Place, given by the RIBA Library. My answer was only half wrong; the façade and projecting balconies are not made just of zinc but of brass panels.

View from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

View from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

Views of architecture and skylines
So in this post, as well as correcting myself, I’d like to share some photographs of the fantastic views that staff and visitors get to enjoy from the different parts of this building. Visit us to see some fine examples of architecture and fascinating skylines for free; the RIBA headquarters and onsite facilities (Library, café, bookshop and exhibition galleries) are open to all.

Open House 2011
Visit us on the 17th September this year when the RIBA will be participating in Open House, an event where buildings across the capital will be open for free. During that weekend some of the private areas of 66 Portland Place will be open to the public and free guided tours covering the history and architecture of the building will be available. See pictures of our Open House event from last year.

BT Tower: view from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

BT Tower: view from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

Restaurant terrace and green wall, 1st floor

Restaurant terrace and green wall, 1st floor

Portland Place and Marylebone, view from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

Portland Place and Marylebone, view from 6th floor, 66 Portland Place

Fitzrovia: Looking south-east towards Centre Point and London Eye

Fitzrovia: Looking south-east towards Centre Point and London Eye

About Wilson Yau
I work for the British Architectural Library at the RIBA as part of a team to share news, images and information online about the activities of the Library and the fascinating items we have in our architectural collections – it contains over four million items, so there's plenty to see! If you’re curious about what we do at the Library and with the collections, or want to discover the latest about our education programmes, public events and exhibitions at the RIBA, please visit www.architecture.com

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1 Comment
  1. Oxford Architects

    May 20, 2011

    Great views, apart from the BT tower

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