V&A Shortlists Designs For Major Expansion

Dean Nicholas
By Dean Nicholas Last edited 86 months ago
V&A Shortlists Designs For Major Expansion


South Kensington's Victoria & Albert Museum has released images of the seven shortlisted designs for its planned new gallery extension.

The project involves building on the disused boilerhouse that takes up the V&A's western flank. The site was chosen for development in the 1990s, and a competition won by Daniel Libeskind, which involved building a daring, deconstructed gallery nicknamed the Spiral; the project eventually fell afoul of budgetary concerns and was scrapped in 2004.

Design by Jun Aoki & Associates
Design by Jun Aoki & Associates
Design by Jamie Fobert Architects
Design by Jamie Fobert Architects
Design by Tony Fretton Architects
Design by Tony Fretton Architects
Design by Amanda Levete Architects
Design by Amanda Levete Architects
Design by Michael Maltzen Architecture
Design by Michael Maltzen Architecture
Design by Heneghan Peng Architects
Design by Heneghan Peng Architects
Design by Snohetta & Hoskins
Design by Snohetta & Hoskins
Another image of the Snohetta / Hoskins design
Another image of the Snohetta / Hoskins design

After running a series of design studies last year, the museum has nevertheless decided to revisit the space. The brief calls for an underground gallery, which will house the museum's temporary exhibitions, a ground-level courtyard that sits within the building's existing fabric, and a new entrance onto Exhibition Road through the existing Aston Webb screen.

A winner will be announced at the end of March, and the designs are on display in the V&A's Sackler Centre until 3 April.

See more images of the shortlisted entries at Building Design.

Last Updated 02 March 2011