Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington

A special moment in the city

Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington.
Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington. Credit: Hufton & Crow

AL_A for Victoria and Albert Museum
Contract value: Confidential
GIA: 4,501m²

Every so often an architect, site and client create a special moment in the city. The new courtyard, café, shop and gallery of the Exhibition Road Quarter is such a place. Significant alteration to a grade I listed screen opens the V&A to the Science and Natural History Museums. A constrained site is manipulated, carved and folded to overcome difficulties of topography, entry and the scale of gallery space to be provided.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington. Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington. Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington. Credit: Hufton & Crow
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Exhibition Road Quarter, South Kensington. Credit: Hufton & Crow
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Surfaces roll, kink and step to create a welcoming sequence. The free-flowing architecture is at peace with the intricacies of the plan and in comfortable contrast to the buildings that hold its edges. Materials are handled with aplomb: ceramics to the court and café roof, timber floors and a carefully chosen grey in the galleries. The deep black stair in gloss and matt finishes is a joy.

Joint Building of the Year sponsored by Artifice Press

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