The Warburg Renaissance is driven by a complete renovation of the Institute’s much-loved but long-neglected building. It was designed, like most of the University’s Bloomsbury Estate, by Charles Holden, best known for his work on nearby Senate House and dozens of stations on the London Underground. 

The project provides the opportunity to renew the Institute’s founding mission and apply it to contemporary cultural, political and social understanding. The Ground Floor will be transformed into a new and dynamic space for lectures, exhibitions and digital experimentation. 

The project has been designed by Haworth Tompkins Architects, and will be built by Quinn London, the Main Contractor. 

The project will deliver: 

  • Room for 20-30 year’s growth in the library stacks 

  • 30% increase in space for students, research projects and fellowships 

  • Ground-floor public facing hub with exhibition space

  • New 140 seat lecture room 

  • Bespoke spaces for storage, study, conservation and imaging for the Archive, Rare Books and Photo Collections 

  • Roof and fabric repairs  

  • Internal climate control improved 

  • Digital infrastructure to support display, teaching and events