V&A announce shortlisted architects
for Exhibition Road extension

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the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have announced a shortlist of seven studios to design an extension to the museum on Exhibition Road - see press release below. More information on the competition website.

V&A Announces Shortlisted Architects
for Exhibition Road Project

The V&A today announces that seven architectural practices have been invited to submit proposals for the Museum’s Exhibition Road development.

The shortlisted companies are:

  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Heneghan.peng.architects
  • Jamie Fobert Architects
  • Jun Aoki & Associates
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA)
  • Snøhetta & Hoskins
  • Tony Fretton Architects

Over 110 architectural teams from all over the world expressed interest in being considered for the project. A jury, chaired by V&A Trustee, Steve McGuckin chose the seven practices based on their response to the design brief and previous work.

Steve McGuckin, said: “We are delighted by the quality of the international response to this project. The shortlist comprises some of the most exciting and creative architectural practices working today. The jury was unanimous in its selection and is confident that the shortlist will produce interesting and intelligent design solutions for this complex V&A site.”

Sir Mark Jones, V&A Director, said: “Some of the shortlisted architects previously carried out design studies which helped the V&A better understand what was achievable on the site. We are pleased that these companies have continued to maintain their drive and enthusiasm for the project and we look forward to seeing their new design proposals in due course.”

The Exhibition Road project will provide a purpose built new gallery in which to present the V&A’s high-profile programme of temporary exhibitions, a courtyard set within the beautiful historic facades of the V&A’s Grade 1 listed buildings and a new entrance on Exhibition Road through the Aston Webb screen. The new gallery will be below street level with a courtyard above that will house a café and be used for installations and events.

The project is part of the V&A’s ongoing FuturePlan to transform the Museum and will contribute to the development and semi-pedestrianisation of Exhibition Road led by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.

The shortlisted architectural teams will now be asked to develop detailed design proposals for the site. The winner of the competition will be selected by the jury in the spring.

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