Development of the Grand Entrance and Dome, 2003

Information desk in main entrance

Information desk in main entrance

In 2003, the Grand Entrance on Cromwell Road was remodelled by inserting a paved ramp on either side of enlarged steps to allow easy access into the Museum for all visitors. Featuring fibre-optic lighting set in glass risers, these elegant new steps won a Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea design award.

The Grand Entrance and Dome was greatly improved  making it a brighter, more welcoming arrival point for visitors. New revolving doors, a striking illuminated reception desk and the removal of lunettes, which obscured the original architecture created a bright, calm, comfortable and elegant space.

Designers

Steps designed by Pringle, Richards, Sharratt Architects (PRS) who also designed the glass gallery.

Grand Entrance and Dome designed by Eva Jiricna Architects Limited (EJAL) , consultant architect for V&A FuturePlan, who also designed the central shop.


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.

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