V&A Museum Extension competition

London, England

Description

The proposed and unbuilt extension to the Victoria and Albert Museum consists of a Spiral sited amidst three grade A listed historical buildings, all of which programmatically must be linked to the new Museum building. The Spiral serves as a striking second entrance to the Museum complex as well as housing the 21st Century Gallery spaces, extensive education facilities and demonstration areas for the decorative arts and crafts. The use of video presentations, multimedia stations and conventional areas for traditional artifacts are seamlessly provided within the space of the innovative Spiral. The design calls for the alteration of existing interiors penetrated by the bridges, as well as for the re-siting, reconstruction and restoration of the Webb Screen, an early colonnade on the busy Exhibition Road.