The Victoria & Albert Museum will blend in-house and outside exhibition design skills for its planned 42m Boilerhouse gallery. It has just shortlisted 12 architects for the building’s design.
“The in-house department has great expertise in knowing what’s best for the museum, but we also want to utilise the skills of outside consultancies for the Boilerhouse,” says a spokesman.
The architectural practices invited for interview are Alsop & Strmer, Benson & Forsyth,
Dennis Sharp, Sir Norman Foster and Partners, Nicholas Grimshaw and Partners, Zaha Hadid, Michael Hopkins and Partners, Eva Jiricna Architects, Ian Ritchie Architects, Chris Wilkinson
Architects, Daniel Liebeskind and John Winter & Associates.
The V&A will choose a second shortlist of five architects by early February, and a final decision is expected in March.
“We’ll have to wait to see how much funding we get from the National Lottery and other sources before we can progress with exhibition plans,” adds a museum spokeswoman.
London consultancy Rufus Leonard Design Consultants will present a report to the V&A at the end of January after an examination of the museum’s graphic house style and internal signage.