Royal College of Art, H. T. Cadbury-Brown

Royal College of Art, H. T. Cadbury-Brown

The Royal College of Art was one of several educational institutions that were established in South Kensington after the 1851 exhibition. Originally housed within what became the Victoria and Albert Museum, it was primarily intended to train designers for industry. The college outgrew its accommodation at the Museum and moved here in the 1960s. The massing of the building was intended to complement Albert Hall Mansions, to the east of the Albert Hall, when seen from the park. The austerely detailed, dark brick blocks of the RCA also act as a foil to the ample curves of the Albert Hall next door. It is said that the dark brick was chosen to match that of its neighbour, but when the Albert Hall was subsequently cleaned it was found to be red.