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Revealed: finalists in contest for V&A members’ room

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Carmody Groarke and David Kohn are among five teams vying for a new £1.3 million members’ room at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London

Universal Design Studio, SHH Architects, and FAT offshoot Ordinary Architecture complete the shortlist of firms competing for the high-profile commission.

Planned to complete in 2017, the project will create a new second floor facility for the museum’s 86,000 members overlooking Amanda Levete’s Exhibition Road scheme (pictured).

According to the contract notice: ‘The museum’s membership base is growing and it needs to provide a beautiful space which is able to cater to their needs.

‘The ambition is that the design of the members’ room will take advantage of the views over the new Exhibition Road project creating a unique space which reflects the spirit of the museum.’

The document continued: ‘The architect will act as lead consultant for the project, and the V&A will appoint the remainder of the design team through the museum’s existing frameworks.’

The latest commission is the first to be launched since former Hawkins\Brown senior partner David Bickle was appointed head of design at the South Kensington museum in May.

Bickle replaced Moira Gemmill who had held the position for more than a decade before leaving to become the director of capital programmes at the Royal Collection Trust.

Gemmill, who was hailed as ‘one of the profession’s great patrons and champions’, was tragically killed in a cycling accident in April.

The winner of the £156,000 contract will develop the scheme from RIBA stage 1 to 7.




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