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Revealed: Winner of V&A members’ room contest

Carmody Groarke
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Carmody Groarke has won the competition to design a new £1.3 million members’ room at the Victoria & Albert (V&A) Museum in London

The practice beat David Kohn, Universal Design Studio, SHH Architects, and FAT offshoot Ordinary Architecture to land the high-profile commission.

Planned to complete in 2017, the project will create a new ’flexible and atmospheric space’ for the institution’s 86,000 members on the museum’s fourth floor overlooking Amanda Levete’s Exhibition Road scheme.

The latest commission is the first to be launched since former Hawkins\Brown senior partner David Bickle was appointed director of design, exhibitions and FuturePlan at the South Kensington museum in May last year.

Bickle, who headed the selection panel, said: David Bickle said: ’Carmody Groarke’s proposal created a stage not the performance, responding to our brief and the heritage of the museum in a loose, relaxed, conversational way, creating a comfortable room for the museum’s broad member constituencies and a framework for creative programming.

He added: ’The international architectural competition has created a renewed interest in and curiosity of the structure, collections and social relevancy of the Museum into the future by a group of talented and thoughtful architects and designers. We are looking forward to welcoming Members old and new to a refined but adaptable space.’

The contract is worth £156,000 and Carmody Groarke will now develop the scheme from RIBA stage 1 to 7.

Carmody Groarke's competition-winning design for the V&A Members' Room

Carmody Groarke’s competition-winning design for the V&A Members’ Room

Sketch showing overlapping activities within the Members’ Room


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