The V&A today announces that seven architectural practices have been invited to submit proposals for the Museum’s Exhibition Road development.
The shortlisted companies are:
Over 110 architectural teams from all over the world expressed interest in being considered for the project. A jury, chaired by V&A Trustee, Steve McGuckin chose the seven practices based on their response to the design brief and previous work.
Steve McGuckin, said:
“We are delighted by the quality of the international response to this project. The shortlist comprises some of the most exciting and creative architectural practices working today. The jury was unanimous in its selection and is confident that the shortlist will produce interesting and intelligent design solutions for this complex V&A site.”
Sir Mark Jones, V&A Director, said:
“Some of the shortlisted architects previously carried out design studies which helped the V&A better understand what was achievable on the site. We are pleased that these companies have continued to maintain their drive and enthusiasm for the project and we look forward to seeing their new design proposals in due course.”
The Exhibition Road project will provide a purpose built new gallery in which to present the V&A’s high-profile programme of temporary exhibitions, a courtyard set within the beautiful historic facades of the V&A’s Grade 1 listed buildings and a new entrance on Exhibition Road through the Aston Webb screen. The new gallery will be below street level with a courtyard above that will house a café and be used for installations and events.
The project is part of the V&A’s ongoing FuturePlan to transform the Museum and will contribute to the development and semi-pedestrianisation of Exhibition Road led by The Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.
The shortlisted architectural teams will now be asked to develop detailed design proposals for the site. The winner of the competition will be selected by the jury in the spring.
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The jury comprised:
Chair: Steve McGuckin
V&A Trustee, Chair of the V&A Building Strategy Committee, UK Managing Director of Turner and Townsend PLC
Sir Mark Jones
Chairman of the V&A Board of Trustees and Chief Executive of Lansdowne Partners Ltd
V&A Trustee and Director, Adjaye Associates
Director of Projects and Design, V&A
London based, award winning architects with a reputation for originality. Current projects such as the Naples Subway demonstrate their ability to design within the constraints of a highly complex underground site. Levete founded Amanda Levete Architects following a 20 year partnership with the late Jan Kaplicky at the highly influential Future Systems practice.
Heneghan.peng work at a range of scales from domestic to landscape and urban masterplans. Founded in 1999 in New York, the practice relocated to Dublin in 2001. The practice has a history of producing competition-winning designs, most recently for a pedestrian bridge for the Olympic Park in London and for the School of Architecture at the University of Greenwich.
Jamie Fobert architects has experience of gallery projects creating extensions for both Tate St. Ives and Kettle’s Yard in Cambridge. The practice works within historic environments and has won a competition to design Charleston Barns with Julian Harrap Architects. The practice, based in London, was established in 1996 and has completed projects across residential, commercial and cultural sectors.
Based in Tokyo, the award winning Jun Aoki Associates was established in 1991. The practice mainly works in Japan and is currently completing the Aomori Museum of Art, in Aomori and the wedding chapel, ‘White Chapel’ in Osaka. The practice works across the residential, retail and cultural sectors.
Founded in 1995 by Michael Maltzan, MMA is an architecture, landscape and urban design practice based in Los Angeles. The practice works across sectors from cultural, educational to retail and masterplanning projects, and has won numerous awards in the U.S. The temporary home for MOMA in Queens showcases the practice’s approach to design.
Snøhetta has teamed up with Gareth Hoskins Architects for its submission. Snøhetta has a track record of delivering world class arts and cultural buildings. It was established in 1989 after winning the international design competition for the Alexandria Library in Egypt. The practice is based in Oslo. Gareth Hoskins Architects is an award winning practice based in Glasgow and has developed a reputation for innovative public projects. Many of their projects involve the redevelopment of sensitive, often historically important listed buildings, including projects for Edinburgh Castle and the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh.
Tony Fretton Architects was founded in 1982 and is now headed by directors Tony Fretton and Jim McKinney. Based in London, the award winning practice has established an international reputation for creating arts spaces including the Lisson Gallery, London. Their most significant project to date,The Fuglsang Kunstmuseum was short-listed for the Sterling Prize 2009.
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