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Architect revealed for new V&A photography centre

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David Kohn Architects has won a competition to design a photography centre at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The new centre will replace the museum’s existing third floor photography galleries, more than doubling the display area.

A spokesperson from the V&A said David Kohn Architects’ approach is to ’create a rich variety of atmospheres across the new galleries through modulating natural and artificial light’.

The plans include transferring  the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) collection from the Science Museum Group, which will involve the addition of over 270,000 photographs, 26,000 publications and 6,000 pieces of camera-related equipment to the V&A’s hoard.

Part of the V&A’s Future Plan, the scheme will be built in two phases, with the first - involving the expansion of the exhibition space - completing in autumn 2018.

The second, which does not yet have a completion date, will include a teaching and research space, a browsing library, a studio and photographers’ darkroom.

AL_A’s £41 million Exhibition Road extension at the V&A - creating a new subterranean gallery - is set to open this summer.

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