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London Museum Building, England, UK: South Kensington Architecture Information

14 Dec 2021
V&A East Museum, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford, Borough of Newham, East London
Design: O’Donnell + Tuomey, Architects, Ireland
V&A East museum building in Stratford, London
photo © Victoria and Albert Museum
V&A East museum building Stratford
The V&A marked the “topping out” of its new V&A East museum building – one of two V&A East sites currently under construction in Stratford’s Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park – with the shell of the building reaching its full height. Designed by O’Donnell + Tuomey and constructed by MACE, the 7,000 sqm V&A East Museum tops out at 42.5 metres high, following completion of the installation of its intricate steel frame.

28 Jun 2017

V&A Photography Centre London

V&A Exhibition Road Project Opening
Design: AL_A Architects
V&A Exhibition Road Project courtyard design by AL_A
image © AL_A
V&A Exhibition Road Project
Video and images of the new V&A Exhibition Road Quarter, designed by architect Amanda Levete and her architecture practice, AL_A.

21 Jun 2017
V&A Museum Shop in London
Design: Friend & Company, Architects
Victoria & Albert Museum Shop
photo : Ed Reeve
V&A Photography Centre, London
Architecture practice Friend & Company has led the new design of the Victoria & Albert Museum shop, opened on May 4th. With their signature total architecture approach the new shop embraces craftsmanship, and is set to be an inspirational space for the 21st century museum-goer.

2 Jun 2017
V&A Photography Centre in London

Design: David Kohn Architects (DKA)

The Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) reveals the first visual of its new, state-of-the-art Photography Centre, and announces its first major supporter for the project – The Bern Schwartz Family Foundation.

V&A Photography Centre
image courtesy of architects
V&A Photography Centre, London

7 Apr 2017

Victoria & Albert Museum Photography Centre

New V&A Photography Centre

V&A announces plans for new Photography Centre and expansion of its world-leading photography collection

Wednesday 5 April 2017 – Today, the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) announces the expansion of its vast collection of historic and contemporary photography with the transfer of the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group. The addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6,000 pieces of camera-related equipment reinforces the V&A’s position as one of the most important photography collections in the world.

Through its FuturePlan development project, the V&A will establish a new Photography Centre, creating a new public space to celebrate, appreciate and study photography. Due to open in Autumn 2018, it will be accompanied by a Museum-wide photography festival and a new digital resource for photography enthusiasts around the world.

The creation of the Photography Centre will see the V&A more than double its current photography display area in original nineteenth-century picture galleries by 2018. Designed by David Kohn Architects, it will allow the V&A to display a larger number and range of photographs, negatives, camera technology, books and archival materials than ever before.

The Photography Centre will also facilitate exciting events and activities. Phase two of the project will expand the gallery space further and provide a teaching and research space, a browsing library, and a studio and darkroom to enable photographers’ residencies.

New purpose-built storage facilities have been created to house the expanded photography collection, and an extensive project to catalogue and digitise the RPS collection is now underway. This digitisation will provide web access and research resources for all audiences and photography lovers around the world. The Museum will also continue its programme of major photographic exhibitions at the V&A and other venues in the UK and overseas.

Tristram Hunt, Director of the V&A, said: “Photography is set to become one of the defining collections of the 21st century V&A. We have been conserving and interpreting photography since 1852, and we are now delighted to welcome the RPS collection to the Museum. Today, the V&A cares for one of the most important photography collections in the world. We want to share this remarkable resource with audiences and photography enthusiasts on a global scale, both in person and through an unparalleled digital resource.”

About V&A FuturePlan FuturePlan is an ambitious programme of development which is transforming the V&A. The best contemporary designers are creating exciting new galleries and visitor facilities, while revealing and restoring the beauty of the original building. In the past 15 years, over 85% of the Museum’s public spaces have been transformed, improving access and allowing the collections to be more elegantly and intelligently displayed. By introducing bold new architectural interventions, FuturePlan aims to delight and to inspire visitors, and to continue the Museum’s tradition of championing new talent.

19 Aug 2016

Victoria & Albert Museum Shop

Victoria & Albert Museum Shop Competition Winner

Design: Friend and Company Architects, with Millimetre and RA Projects

Victoria & Albert Museum Shop
image courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum

The main shop in the V&A is being redesigned to create a more lively and flexible retail space at the centre of the gallery.

Friend and Company Architects, with Milimetre and RA Projects were selected from a shortlist of six architectural practices.

The shortlist included Ab Rogers Design, Brinkworth, Edge, Jamie Fobert Architects and Mark Pinney Architects.

Victoria & Albert Museum Shop design
image courtesy Victoria and Albert Museum

David Bickle (Director of FuturePlan, Design, Estates and Exhibitions) from the selection panel said: “There has been a huge shift in the way that we engage with retail, and the role it plays in the wider cultural landscape. Friend and Company’s design reimagines the site of our current shop, offering a new framework for display that is bespoke, finely crafted, and eminently flexible. Their use of high quality materials and carefully detailed finishes perfectly aligns with the values of the V&A as the world’s leading museum of art and design.”

The V&A shop was designed by Eva Jiricna Architects ten years ago. The £1m redesign aims to provide a new flexible retail space.

The design will incorporate the latest digital manufacturing and fabrication techniques. It was inspired by the first museum shop (1863) which the design team researched in the V&A archives.

Previously on e-architect:

Art Fund Museum of the Year Shortlist – 10 May 2016

Victoria & Albert Museum London courtyard with pool
photograph © Polly Braden

page last updated 10 May 2016 + 7 Apr 2016

Victoria & Albert Museum London

Date: 1852
Design: various architects

Location: South Kensington, west London
Address: Cromwell Gardens / Exhibition Road

Entry Facade – 1909, designed by Aston Webb:
Victoria & Albert Museum Victoria & Albert Museum Building Victoria & Albert Museum London
photos © Nick Weall

West Entrance, on Exhibition Road:
photographs © Nick Weall

Internal Court – Cafe on north side (pictured), Shop on south side:
V&A Court V&A Courtyard
Victoria & Albert Museum photographs © Adrian Welch

Victoria & Albert Museum in London

V&A Museum Galleries + Spaces, listed with dates and architects / designers, chronological:

Sheepshanks Gallery
Design: Captain Francis Fowke, architect

Turner and Vernon Galleries
Captain Francis Fowke

North Court & South Court

Secretariat Wing

Oriental Courts
Design: Owen Jones, architect

The Green Dining Room
Design: Philip Webb & William Morris, architects

The Centre Refreshment Room
Design: James Gamble, architect

The Grill Room
Design: Sir Edward Poynter, architect

Henry Cole Wing
Colonel Henry Scott, architect
V&A London
photo © Nick Weall

Cast Courts
Design: Colonel Henry Scott

Art Library
Colonel Henry Scott

V&A Main façade
Design: Aston Webb, architect
V&A principal façade V&A Main façade V&A façade
photographs © Adrian Welch
The principal facade uses red brick and Portland stone materials.
720ft long frontage
Architecture competition won in 1891

Renewal of main entrance rotunda, new shop, tunnel, sculpture galleries

Eva Jiricna Architects
V&A Building Entry Atrium
Victoria & Albert V&A Building Entry
photographs © Adrian Welch

V&A Architecture Gallery, west London
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects

V&A Cafe

Design: McInnes Usher McKnight Architects

V&A Medieval and Renaissance galleries
Design: McInnes Usher McKnight Architects
Medieval & Renaissance Galleries
photo © Alan Williams

Victoria & Albert Museum Photographs taken with Panasonic DMC-FX01 lumix camera; Leica lense: 2816×2112 pixels – original photos available upon request: info(at)

Building facades on Exhibition Road:
Victoria & Albert Victoria & Albert Building Victoria & Albert Museum
photographs © Adrian Welch

Victoria & Albert Boilerhouse Yard, Exhibition Road:
Design: AL_A
V&A Boilerhouse Yard
render © Amanda Levete Architects

V&A European Galleries – Europe 1600-1800 galleries
Design: ZMMA
V&A Museum Europe 1600-1800 gallery
picture from V&A Museum

V&A Booktower
Design: Rintala, Eggertsson, Jenssen
V&A Book tower
photo from architects

Victoria & Albert Museum Jewellery Gallery
Design: Eva Jiricna Architects
V&A Jewellery Gallery
photograph : Katsuhisa Kida

V&A Museum Women’s Amenities
Design: Glowacka Rennie Architects
Victoria & Albert
picture © Arch Image Photography

Victoria & Albert Museum Gallery
Design: Gareth Hoskins Architects
Victoria & Albert Architecture
V&A Gallery London : image by Morley Von Sternberg

Elytra Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges at the V&A
Design: Achim Menges with Moritz Dörstelmann, Jan Knippers and Thomas Auer
Elytra Filament Pavilion by Achim Menges at the V&A
image of V&A installation by Achim Menges
Elytra Filament Pavilion at the V&A – 7 May 2016

V&A Spiral Extension proposed by Daniel Libeskind was never built

Adjacent church building to the northwest:
Exhibition Road church Exhibition Road church Exhibition Road church
photographs © Adrian Welch

Location: Victoria & Albert Museum, London, England, UK

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