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Exterior of the building
The main façade is an unashamedly modern take on a classical portico. On approaching the building the façade seems blank, with two massive overhanging strata supported by three slim central columns. Sir Denys Lasdun placed the main body of the building at right angles to the line of Regent’s Park so that the new building forms a medical precinct with the adjacent RCP buildings of St Andrews Place.
The building is designed in two distinct layers – the formal ceremonial rooms such as the library, the Censors Room and grand function rooms are expressed on the exterior as cubist forms faced with an off-white marble mosaic. The functional spaces of the lecture theatre and offices beneath are created in dark-blue engineering bricks. In this way the building harmonises with its surroundings, the white and blue colouring echoing the stucco and slate of the adjacent Nash buildings.
In 1996, Lasdun was commissioned to design an extension. For an architect to be asked to return to work on a building that he had designed himself over 30 years before is a unique distinction. A second lecture theatre and a Council Chamber were added to the north side of the site without disturbing the coherence of the building. Lasdun had earlier stated that everything in marble was essential to the composition of the building and not to be altered, but anything in blue engineering brick was subject to change. With extraordinary vision, Lasdun pre-empted the future needs of the college by building in flexibility.