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Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre, Kensington

Flexible modular displays are conceived as miniature ‘buildings within the building’

Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.
Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre. Credit: Will Pryce

David Kohn Architects for the V&A
Contract value: undisclosed 
GIA: 600m2

The new centre consolidates 800,000 pieces from the V&A and Royal Photographic Society collections, in refurbished grade I listed galleries. Flexible modular displays, conceived as miniature ‘buildings within the building’ , match wall cabinets and gallery seating for design coherence. Lighting and bespoke ventilation systems offer climate control of fragile, light-sensitive materials. The ‘Dark Tent’, inspired by 19th century darkrooms, is a new multimedia projection and lecture space. To open the contemporary displays 140 cameras introduce the story of photography, while further interactive displays and a digital wall invite speculation on the medium’s future.

  • Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre. Credit: Will Pryce
  • Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre.
    Victoria and Albert Museum Photography Centre. Credit: Will Pryce
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