Entering the V&A through the Grand Entrance you immediately come into a large, domed space.
Its form and decoration draw on the Classical Revival style of 16th century France, with pillars, arches, a dome and surroundings of polished marble and stone. The aim was to create an impression of grandeur and refinement.
The Grand Entrance was also designed for practical purposes. Circulation space was needed for people to plan their visit, get information or meet others. These activities still take place today.