V&A Members' Room
A New Members’ Room for the Victoria & Albert Museum will rehabilitate one of the original top floor galleries within the 1909 Aston Webb building.
The atmosphere of the majestic gallery will be preserved as an open-plan, daylight-filled room. New architectural interventions will be added to accentuate the qualities of the original building, as well as provide visitor comfort with bespoke-designed furniture which will create smaller rooms within the overall whole. The original floor level of the gallery will be elevated to enable visitors to take views from the existing windows to the Sackler Courtyard overlooking the new Sainsbury Gallery. Large mirror installations will amplify the energy and activity within the room. They will also create new perspectives from inside-to-outside, and to other levels within the Museum via a light well which connects the existing galleries. A series of new light-fittings, restaurant chairs, and fixed-seating will be designed by Carmody Groarke exclusively for the Members’ Room.
The project was won in an open design competition. Works on site will begin in Spring 2017, with completion for opening in late 2017.
Client: The V&A
Location: The V&A, London
Render: Forbes Massie, © Victoria and Albert Museum, London