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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.


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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Large Multi Bead Dome Ring by Milena Zu

Large Multi Bead Dome Ring by Milena Zu

The ombre of indigos to soft greens is created by a collection of semi-precious stones and Swarovski beads knitted onto brass mesh. Italian Designer…

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Shoes: Pleasure and Pain

13 June 2015 – 31 January 2016. An exhibition looking at the extremes of footwear from around the globe. From a sandal decorated in pure gold leaf originating from ancient Egypt to the most elaborate designs by contemporary makers.

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Event - Gallery Talk: The Image of the Buddha in Asia

Thu 12 November 2015 13:00–14:00

GALLERY TALK: As part of the Asian Art in London week, curator John Clarke will look at the development of the Buddha image from Indian beginnings to its spread throughout Asia.

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