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V&A Boiler House Yard shortlist revealed


The V&A has unveiled a 7-strong shortlist of practices competing to design a new extension to its West Kensington museum in London

Picked from 110 practices which expressed interest in the scheme, shortlisted designers include Tony Fretton, Jamie Fobert, Amanda Levete, Snøhetta and Heneghan Peng.

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.’

Steve McGuckin, V&A trustee and selection jury chair, said: ‘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.’

Part of the V&A’s ongoing ‘FuturePlan’, the new gallery for the Exhibition Road-fronting Boiler House Yard site will be below street level with a courtyard above housing a café and outdoor events space.

The selected architectural teams will now develop detailed designs with the competition winner unveiled this Spring.


The shortlist

  • Amanda Levete Architects
  • Heneghan.peng.architects
  • Jamie Fobert Architects
  • Jun Aoki & Associates
  • Michael Maltzan Architecture (MMA)
  • Snøhetta & Hoskins
  • Tony Fretton Architects



Previous story (16.10.10)

V&A design contest attracts 110 entries

The international competition to design the new extension to the Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) in west London has attracted 100 entrants from around the world

Practices from as far afield as Seoul, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles have submitted for the V&A’s Exhibition Road which will see the creation of a new gallery, an external courtyard and a new entrance at the London museum’s site in the heart of Couth Kensington’s ‘Albertopolis’.

The winning design team will create a new gallery and external courtyard on the Museum’s Boiler House Yard site. Daniel Libeskind’s £70 million ‘spiral’ scheme (pictured) for the plot was officially shelved six years ago. 

Competition organiser Malcolm Reading said: ‘We’ve had a rich response to a complex design problem…there’s a terrific range of competitors, many of whom have not been seen before on a UK competition list.’

A shortlist is expected to be announced in late November.

The jury includes V&A Trustees Steve McGuckin, Paul Ruddock, David Adjaye, Mark Jones and the director of projects, design and estate, Moira Gemmill.

Previous story (13.09.10)

V&A launches Kensington design contest

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) has officially launched an international design competition for the redevelopment of part of its west London estate

The winning design team will create a new gallery and external courtyard on the Museum’s Boiler House Yard site. Daniel Libeskind’s £70 million ‘spiral’ scheme (pictured) for the plot was officially shelved six years ago. 

The scheme will feature a new museum entrance, creating an ‘informal and inviting’ relationship with Dixon Jones’ redeveloped Exhibition Road.  

Further information is available from competition organisers Malcolm Reading Consultants (+44 2076372502 / vanda@malcolmreading.co.uk ).

The deadline for submission of entries is 27 October.

Visit the competition website


Previous story (14.07.10)

Second time lucky: V&A to launch Kensington design contest

The Victoria & Albert Museum (V&A) is planning to launch an international design competition for its west London site, six years after the failure of Daniel Libeskind’s controversial ‘Spiral’ extension

The American starchitects’ extravagant £70 million project to redevelop the Boilerhouse Yard site with a five-storey spiral (pictured) failed in 2004 after missing out on Heritage Lottery funding.

But the museum’s project and design director, Moira Gemmill, this week revealed plans to launch an open international design competition in the Autumn, reviving ambitions for the Exhibition road-fronting plot.

She told The Independent: ‘We want to create a new semi-public space. The new Piazza needs to be absolutely beautifully designed.’

Instead of a towering structure, the brief this time is for a square at street level with 1500m² of exhibition space below, costing £30 million.

In January the V&A commissioned eight architects to work up hypothetical studies for the site. The proposals by Snohetta, Heneghan Peng, Francisco Mangado, Jamie Fobert, Amanda Lavete, Sutherland Hussey, OMA and Tony Fretton featured in AJ and are on display at the museum until 19 September.



Readers' comments (2)

  • Seems odd that the V&A eight firms for ideas earlier this year and are now looking at the PQQ route. Did they overlook the fact that they needed to cast the net wider back in January?

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  • Agree with Olly. Seems a great shame that this competition is going to be closed off to a great number of interesting practices that won't get through the PQQ process.
    Henegan Peng
    would they have landed big projects when they were small through PQQ - doubt it.

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