Sackler Centre for arts education: design & build

Upper floor of the Sackler Centre during construction.

Upper floor of the Sackler Centre during construction.
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Award-winning architecture

In 2009 the Sackler Centre was long-listed for The Art Fund Prize for museums and galleries 2009 – the largest arts prize in the UK.

David Anderson, Director of Learning and Interpretation at the V&A at the time of the long-listing said he was

'delighted that the Sackler Centre has been selected for consideration for this prestigious prize. The Centre is developing an innovative approach to museum learning that is integrated with the work of the whole institution and aims to reach a wide range of new audiences. We are thrilled to have this recognised by The Art Fund Prize.'

In 2010 the Sackler Centre won a prestigious RIBA London award in the Arts and Leisure category when architects Softroom were recognised for their innovative design.

 

Interview with Softrooom architect Christopher Bagot

In this interview Christopher takes us through the design and build of the Sackler Centre, from tender documents to finishing details.

 

Tour of the Sackler Centre with Christopher Bagot

Christopher also conducted a filmed tour of the Sackler Centre and discussed the decisions behind the designs and detailing throughout the building:

 

Sackler Centre project diary

A generous donation helped the V&A to establish the Sackler Centre for arts education in what was previously known as the Henry Cole Wing. The total budget for the project was £4 million, and the project architects were Softroom. Construction began in January 2007 and the Centre opened in September 2008.

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