Development of the architecture gallery, 2004
The architecture gallery, room 128 features highlights from the world-class collections of the V&A and RIBA. Around 160 architectural models, drawings, designs, material samples and building fragments are displayed. The subject has been explored through a series of themes: the art of architecture, the function of buildings, architects and architecture, structures and buildings in context.
The gallery opened in November 2004 as the the UK’s first permanent architecture gallery. The ornate marble, plaster and timber interior of the room was refurbished. A series of new openings were formed through the existing walls into the large slip rooms to create additional gallery space for temporary exhibitions. The galleries were defined by a series of glass and steel elements clearly set against the historic fabric and brought to life by a combination of lighting and computerised effects.
The gallery was designed by Gareth Hoskins Architects.
This development was completed as part of FuturePlan
FuturePlan is transforming the V&A by revitalising visitor facilities and redisplaying the collections. Using the best architects and designers, we are bringing the V&A into the 21st century and restoring modern design and innovation to the heart of the museum.