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The Royal Society of Arts

Integration of 21st Century Technology within an 18th Century Grade 1 Listed building.

The RSA is an enlightenment organisation committed to finding innovative and practical solutions to today’s social challenges. The challenge of refurbishing the society’s historical home has been integrating 21st century technology in to the historical architecture. This called for many innovative solutions, not least the exclusion of any wall or ceiling mounted infrastructure and equipment, which meant the development of a custom cantilevered stage containing a retractable projection screen.

The Great Room and the Benjamin Franklin Room beneath have been provided with an intelligent under floor cable infrastructure terminating in floor plates that house custom-built media columns and production-standard trusses. The media columns provide power, LED colour, sound, robotic HD video cameras and data connectivity, all of which enables a completely flexible configuration for events including HD film screenings, lectures, banquets, fashion shows and art exhibitions.The system connectivity through the Great Room and Ground Floor areas of the building allows for the configuration and conjoining of multiple rooms. Custom interactive solutions have been designed and deployed using touch and gesture based displays for direct engagement with the society’s rich portfolio of studies, blogs and reports.