Originally designed by General Henry Scott, the Cast Courts are arranged as two double-height, day-lit courts. Over their long history, the spaces have been subject to extensive reorganisation and redecoration, concealing much of the original fabric and design intent. Renovation is currently taking place in one of the courts (Gallery 46b) which will reinstate aspects of the original Victorian decoration and reveal the original tiled floor.
A full replacement of the glazed roofing was undertaken, allowing better light control, along with the complete restoration of the copper light windows to the upper gallery. Areas of damage to the building fabric were also repaired, consolidating structures of unique historical importance. The casts themselves will be redisplayed over the next few years, to allow for clearer and more comfortable viewing. Metaphor Design and Architecture were appointed in 2011 to design the renovation and display of the Courts.
This development is 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.