Reed Watts have recently completed the first of two projects at the Victoria & Albert Museum. The work forms part of the museum’s FuturePlan programme which is currently transforming the building.
In this first project, the underground entrance from South Kensington tube has been sensitively refurbished maintaining and enhancing key connections through the space by reinstating original features, and inserting contemporary design elements. The result is a distinctive and dramatic arrival space with a polychromatic marble floor and silver gilt ceiling. The space will help to visitors to orientate themselves and inspire them to explore the building.
Our floor comprises sixteen different marbles in a pattern that radiates from the centre of the space. It is inspired by the many beautiful examples of stone and mosaic floors throughout the V&A galleries and the original Aston Webb entrance. It is the craft and artistry of these floors which help to define much of the museum’s character.
Directly above this space, our second project will transform the Exhibition Road entrance into a new Members’ Reception to support the new Members’ Room at gallery level. Here, our challenge is to encourage visitors to look up and appreciate the architecture around them – especially the cupola above.
Photographs: Ben Tynegate