The Last Word

Singapore Tatler Homes - - CONTENTS -

Clad in more than 11,000 porce­lain tiles, the new Sack­ler court­yard of the Vic­to­ria and Al­bert Mu­seum (V&A) in Lon­don is a bright and con­tem­po­rary vi­sion that also ref­er­ences the mu­seum’s ex­ten­sive ce­ram­ics col­lec­tion. It is part of the Ex­hi­bi­tion Road quar­ter, which in­cludes a spa­cious sub­ter­ranean gallery, and a new en­trance for the ap­plied arts and de­sign mu­seum. De­signed by Stir­ling Prize-win­ning ar­chi­tect Amanda Levete and her team at AL_A, the new wing cel­e­brates its prove­nance by re­veal­ing in­trigu­ing facets of the orig­i­nal struc­ture, such as the pre­vi­ously hid­den fa­cades of the Vic­to­rian- and Ed­war­dian-style build­ing, and other ar­chi­tec­tural de­tails. In con­trast to Daniel Libe­skind’s sen­sa­tional Spi­ral pro­posal in 2004, AL_A has taken a more min­i­mal­ist ap­proach by bring­ing ex­hi­bi­tion space un­der­ground while con­nect­ing the mu­seum to the street level. As Levete puts it, “this isn’t just about a gallery—it’s an op­por­tu­nity to cre­ate a new pub­lic space for Lon­don.”

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