More than just a pretty building with a swooping green roof, the new Royal Welsh College of Music & Drama is well on its way to achieving BREEAM Excellent. BFLS Architecture won a 2007 international competition to create this massive, 4,400 m² facility which cost £22.5 million to build. Although costly, the private and publicly-funded galleries, halls, theaters, and foyers are heated and cooled using ground source technology, which slashes its energy consumption. An insulating green roof and a host of other interventions make this project an excellent candidate for BREEAM's sustainable ranking!
The gorgeous building holds a 450 seat chamber recital hall, a 180 seat theater, 4 rehearsal studios, an exhibition gallery, foyer, terrace, and a cafe bar. It was specifically designed to have excellent acoustics, but also to establish an iconic civic building for Cardiff.
Both the building’s heating and cooling is sourced from the ground, significantly reducing its reliance on traditional energy sources, and it is well-lit and ventilated. A green roof that is not easily visible in the images has a great effect on the microclimate while adding insulation value, rounding out the qualities that are likely to help Cardiff’s newest building achieve BREEAM Excellent.