V and A: illustration of proposed courtyardSource: Amanda Levete Architects
£41 million project includes new underground gallery
Amanda Levete Architects has received planning permission for a new underground gallery and courtyard at the V&A museum in west London.
The £41 million project, which also includes a new entrance from Exhibition Road, was approved by the planning committee at the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
Levete, principal of ALA, said: “We’re reimagining the dialogue between the V&A and Exhibition Road and in doing so, creating a new public space in the cultural and learning heart of London. It’s made particularly special by the V&A collections having inspired so much of our work.”
ALA won the project in March 2011 following an international design competition, seeing off practices including Heneghan Peng, Snøhetta and Jamie Fobert.
Richard Rogers praised the “outstanding design”, adding: “ALA’s design is an important and elegant step in the evolution of the Museum; it helps continue the programme of opening up the V&A to everyone, whilst revealing the previously unseen historic façade.”
David Adjaye, a former V&A Trustee, said: “ALA’s scheme considerately embraces the original Victorian architectural and decorative fabric of the Museum while unlocking the Exhibition Road side of the V&A with an impressive and welcoming public space, with dramatic state-of-the-art underground galleries.”
Construction will start in 2013 and the building should be open to the public by 2016.
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