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London Boilerhouse Yard: building design study for empty V&A site

18 Jun 2010

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Design studies by eight international architectural practices for the new V&A Exhibition Road Project, London, UK go on show at the V&A Studio Gallery from 21 Jun – 19 Sep 2010 to coincide with The London Festival of Architecture 2010.

V&A London Boilerhouse Yard participating practices

Amanda Levete Architects
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Francisco Mangado
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Heneghan Peng Architects
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Jamie Fobert Architects
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The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
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Sutherland Hussey Architects
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Tony Fretton Architects Ltd
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V&A Exhibition Road Project – Design Studies

The essential elements of the scheme which the V&A wishes to develop are the creation of 1,500 sqm of new temporary exhibition space below ground, with a courtyard at street level, leading on to Exhibition Road. The courtyard will respond to the scheme to re-design the streetscape of Exhibition Road being led by the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea. It will provide a flexible platform which may be used for temporary installations and a summer café. The design will allow future generations to build above ground on the Boilerhouse Yard site.

The international architecture practices accepted the commission to participate in the design study to develop concepts for the scheme which will help the V&A to communicate to its Board of Trustees and supporters what is potentially achievable in visual and experiential terms for the site.

The participating practices have been asked to focus on creating elegant architectural solutions for the galleries, entrances and courtyard that will enhance the visitor experience.

More images of Boilerhouse Yard design by Sutherland Hussey Architects:
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The Boilerhouse Yard design study is not a competition. There is no ‘winning’ design, nor will there be formal feedback given on the final submissions, so as not to prejudice any future open competition to be tendered through OJEU.

The display coincides with the V&A’s summer exhibition, 1:1 – Architects Build Small Spaces, for which seven experimental architects from around the world have been commissioned to build individual structures throughout the Museum, in response to the theme of the retreat. The exhibition will allow visitors to experience the structures first hand and explores the modest function of architecture to provide a place for rest and reflection.

V&A Boilerhouse Yard – Exhibition

Design Studies for New V&A Exhibition Road Project
21 Jun – 19 Sep 2010
Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London, SW7 2RL
Studio Gallery 17a and 18a

29 Jan 2010

V&A Boilerhouse Yard – Proposal

The V&A is progressing plans to develop its last remaining site at South Kensington, the Boilerhouse Yard.

Victoria & Albert Museum – Exhibition Road facades:
Victoria & Albert Museum facades
photograph © Adrian Welch

Nine international architecture practices (with a tenth to be confirmed) have accepted a commission to participate in a design study for the V&A Boilerhouse Yard. The design studies will be submitted at the beginning of May 2010 and will be exhibited in the V&A’s Studio Gallery, opening to coincide with Architecture week. It is hoped that drawings and models may be accessioned for the V&A Museum’s collections.

Victoria & Albert Museum entry facade:
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photo © Nick Weall

Victoria & Albert Museum London Design study – Participating Architects

David Chipperfield Architects Ltd.
Jamie Fobert Architects
Tony Fretton Architects Ltd.
Heneghan Peng Architects
Amanda Levete Architects
Francisco Mangado (Mangado + Asociados)
The Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA)
Sutherland Hussey Architects
SANAA (t.b.c.)

V&A Boilerhouse Yard London information from the Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A Exhibition Road Project Designs

Shortlisted Architects’ Designs revealed 2 Mar 2011
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