Development of the Grand Entrance and Dome, 2003
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.