Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama

BFLS, Cardiff, 2011


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RWCMD, view of North Rd facade from south 3 

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  • RWCMD, view of North Rd facade from south 3    
  • RWCMD, view of North Rd facade    
  • Terrace overlooking Bute Park, RWCMD    
  • RWCMD, view from Bute Park  2,    
  • RWCMD, view from Bute Park    
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  • NRWCMD, view of North Rd facade    
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  • RWCMD, detail of drum from Bute Park    
  • RWCMD, North Rd facade, view from south    
  • RWCMD, foyer    
  • RWCMD, foyer     
  • RWCMD, Concert Hall    
  • RWCMD, Richard Burton Theatre, side view     
  • RWCMD, Richard Burton Theatre, interior    
  • RWCMD, Richard Burton Theatre    
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  • RWCMD, rehearsal studio    
  • RWCMD, entrance detail    
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  • First floor plan    
  • Site plan    
  • Ground floor plan    
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Three performance and rehearsal spaces, teaching rooms, studios and library facilities and is set in a Grade I listed Royal Park

Each of the three performance spaces is designed as a separate building. The drama building forms a new façade and the recital hall sits among the woods adjacent to the existing building. These elements are unified by a single floating roof.

The new entrance to the college opens out on to stunning views over Bute Park and an arcade forms a new spine linking the whole functioning as exhibition space for the Design & Costume Department, while doubling as the ‘lungs’ for the scheme as its natural stack effect ventilates the public spaces.

The building incorporaties a green roof, natural ventilation and ground source heating and cooling.


  • Begun: Oct 2009
  • Completed: Jul 2011
  • Floor area: 4,400m2
  • Sector: Education
  • Total cost: £14.5M
  • Procurement: Develop and Construct
  • Address: Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama Castle Grounds, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3ER, United Kingdom

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